Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor: Essays on Life and Lineage by white Women

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About the Author

Lisa received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington in 1992. Her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English, with a minor in Women's Studies, is from the University of Minnesota (1986). She has been a practicing psychotherapist in the Pacific Northwest since 1993 and facilitating Systemic and Family Constellations since 1999. From 2008-2015 she co-hosted the radio show, Life Conversations presents Ancestral Blueprints with Atlanta-based host Adé Anifowose and Ombassa Sophera. She is the author of the book, Ancestral Blueprints: Revealing Invisible Truths in America's Soul, a psychotherapist's reflections on individual-collective healing, ancestors, US history, and democracy. Her TedxTalk (2015) explores her perspective that the US was created out of disconnection from family. While actively connected to her Minnesota roots, Lisa now creates home with her husband and their daughter in the Pacific Northwest where she directs the Center for Ancestral Blueprints. www.lisaiversen.com www.ancestralblueprints.com
Una graduated with a degree in French from the University of Reading. She then spent a year as an intern with an educational psychologist in New York. Later she trained as a teacher of English and taught in the UK and Switzerland in traditional and alternative schools. She was Head of English at a technical high school and a Year 6 teacher at a Rudolf Steiner school. She also worked for the Bernese Teachers' Association, offering advanced language skills to Swiss teachers of English. In 2000, she returned to the UK as the CEO and later the Principal of an English language school in Kent. In 2001/02, Una trained in Systemic Family Constellations at the Hellinger Institute in New York. In 2007, she began working for a London based charity, supporting children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Una worked in primary and secondary schools, facilitating group work in the classroom and managing issues around belonging and inclusion, family and culture. She worked closely with children and their families and was actively involved in social care issues, including child protection. Una provided training courses for teachers and team leaders and was invited to present her work at The National College for School Leadership conference. Una now works independently, providing workshops and trainings for educators, school therapists and social workers on the subject of 'Family Conflict, Family Loyalty - navigating the path between the two'. Una has two daughters. She is married and lives in North Hertfordshire.
Sonya Lea's essays and interviews have appeared in Salon, The Southern Review, Brevity, Cold Mountain Review, Tricycle, The Prentice Hall College Reader, and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and excerpts from Wondering Who You Are have received an international memoir prize and an Artist Trust Award. Lea teaches writing at Hugo House in Seattle, and she's leading a pilot project to teach writing to women veterans through Tom Skerrit's Red Badge Project. She recently directed her first short film, Every Beautiful Thing, which will play in festivals in spring 2015. Originally from Kentucky, she currently lives in Seattle, Washington. Find her at www.sonyalea.net


"...well written...poignant and often raw...A timely and thoughtful discussion about the intersection of gender and White privilege." - Kirkus Reviews

"A daring and willing look into identity and the structure of whiteness in family, communities, and history. When we ask what the stories are underneath what we carry, sometimes we have to change our lives." - Lidia Yuknavitch, national bestselling author of Verge and The Chronology of Water

"Healing from trauma requires the whole trauma story & that requires the voice of the perpetrator which has largely been missing. These essays are a wonderful primer...in how to search your heart for the truths within your family and history...so that you & others might heal and work toward justice." - Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD Author of Journey Through Trauma

"The essays that this group of soulful women have written provide a glimmer of possibility that we can re-humanize ourselves...I saw new pathways I could travel. People of color need us to find our way back home. So do we." - Katrina Browne, producer/director, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

"...a much-needed conversation that begins from a place of acknowledgment of white hegemony. This collection of layered and nuanced essays fills me with hope for the real and honest dialogue...this revolutionary anthology serves as both a rallying cry and a guide to the reckoning necessary for meaningful change." - Huda Al-Marashi, author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story

"With compassion and grace, [these writers] bear witness to the ways in which they have benefited from the systemic racism that plagues our society. Their reckonings, full of pain, love, and new awareness...point the way toward a better future for us all." - Priscilla Long, author of Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?