A novelist, essayist and teacher, Lazarre presents her troubling but clear-eyes vision of her life and times with incisiveness and grace. - The Chicago Tribune


Jane Lazarre is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, including memoir, journalism and essay. In September of 2017, her new memoir, The Communist and The Communist’s Daughter will be published by Duke University Press. In 2016 her memoir, Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of A White Mother of Black Sons was also published by Duke University Press in a special 20th anniversary edition, including a new Preface by the author. Other recent publications include the essay, “Once White in America” forthcoming in a collection, Our Black Sons Matter, Editor, George Yancy et al; reprinted in TomDispatch as “On The Problems of Breathing in America” and in many other on line venues including, Salon, Mother Jones, The Nation; “Politics and Art,” in the anthology, The Racial Imaginary, Editor, Claudia Rankine et al.; “Hoarding,” a story in Hamilton Stone Review.

Lazarre’s most recent novel is Inheritance, Hamilton Stone Editions, excerpts of which have appeared in the on-line literary journals, “Persimmon Tree,” “Salt River Review,” and “Hamilton Stone Review,” as well as in “Lilith,” where she was interviewed about her work by fiction editor, Yona Zeldis Mcdonough. She is also the author of the novels: Some Place Quite Unknown (Hamilton Stone Editions), Some Kind of Innocence (Dial Press), The Powers of Charlotte (Crossing Press, Painted Leaf Press), Worlds Beyond My Control (Dutton, Painted Leaf Press). She is the author of the memoirs: The Mother Knot (McGaw-Hill, Dell Paper, Beacon Press, Duke University Press); On Loving Men (Dial Press), Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons (Duke University Press – (originally published in 1995) and Wet Earth and Dreams: A Narrative of Grief and Recovery (Duke University Press.) She is currently working on a collection of poetry, In The Midst, a collection of past and new essays on writing and teaching, and a novel. Five of her books, including the two recent novels and the three in print with Duke University Press, are available as e books and in both hard and soft cover through Amazon and B&N.com.

Lazarre’s essays, articles and reviews have been published in newspapers, magazines and journals, and collected in many anthologies over the past forty years. She has won awards for her fiction from the National Endowment for Arts Award and the New York Foundation for Arts. She has been keynote speaker, read her work and presented papers at universities, as well as at national conferences on literature, diversity and teaching race. She has given talks and lead workshops and seminars on race and teaching race at independent and public schools and non-profit foundations. She has presented her own work and led panels of writers at such venues as the 92 Street Y, The Jewish Museum in New York City, and others. In 2003 she was a featured writer in the PBS documentary, “Matters of Race,” produced and directed by Orlando Bagwell. Her work has been the subject of critical works by many scholars including Susan Gubar, Jessica Benjamin, Maureen T. Reddy, Sara Ruddick, Joanne Frye. Her books have been widely reviewed and translated widely.>

Lazarre has taught writing and literature at the City College of New York, Yale University and Eugene Lang College at the New School, where she created and directed the undergraduate writing program for ten years, and served on the full time faculty for twenty years. She received the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America for her memoir, Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness, and in 1995 was the recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Teaching. She serves on the board of directors of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, an organization in Harlem that serves children and youth across the country and which was co-founded and directed by her son, Khary Lazarre-White. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Persimmon Tree. She lives in New York City with her husband, Douglas H. White, and teaches writing privately.