Lise Funderburg is an award-winning writer, editor, and writing instructor based in Philadelphia. Her work spans a wide range of topics, including race and integration; food; aging and eldercare; gardens and landscape design; nontraditional families; thrift-shopping; and elephants. Also architecture. Also hospice and palliative care. Also design. Also the domestic arts.
Lise’s latest book is a memoir/social history called Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home (Free Press, 2008). Pig Candy was and Indie Bookstore Bestseller and was chosen as the Drexel University Freshman Read in 2012. Pig Candy fits into several genres—including narrative nonfiction, memoir, travelogue, and biography—but essentially, it’s a book about life, death, and barbecue.
Her first book was a prescient collection of oral histories, Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity (Morrow, 1994), the first book to explore the lives of adult children of black-white unions. Black, White, Other has become a core text in the study of American multiracial identity, and it is used in college courses around the world. In the New York Times review of Black, White, Other, Kyoko Mori deemed the book “an example of how we can talk about race with feeling, humor, and dignity.” An expanded 20th anniversary eBook edition of Black, White, Other was recently released, with a paperback version soon to follow.
Lise studied at Reed College and the Columbia University School of Journalism, and her work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, National Geographic, Salon, The Nation, More, and The Chattahoochee Review, . Lise has been awarded residencies at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Thurber House, and Blue Mountain, among others, and she won a Nonfiction Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and in the Rutgers-Camden MFA program.
Hear/see Lise interviewed & reviewed:
“Radio Times” Interview with Marty Moss Coane
NPR’s “Along for the Ride”
NPR’s “News & Notes”
Review in The Crisis by Eisa Nefertari Ulen