Lisa María lives in New York City, where she writes and teaches.
Her Playing with Osito | Jugando con Baby Bear (2018) won a NM/AZ Book Coop Award in the category of bilingual children's book. She published a series of children's books -- Juma and Little Sungura, Juma on Safari, Juma Cooks Chapati, and Juma's Dhow Race -- through Barranca Press (2013). Her short fiction appears in Street Level (Mkuki Na Nyota 2011) and Mama Dar (CI Group 2010). While a lecturer in literature and creative writing at the University of Dar es Salaam, she wrote a literary studies textbook (2011) and co-edited a collection of Tanzanian literature in English, Tell Me Friends (2009).
Lisa María grew up in México and the United States, and has since lived around the world, but claims Taos, New Mexico and Cotonou, Benin as her places of the heart.
She holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, is wife to one man, and mother to two sons.
"A place frames one's identity and one's way of thinking. My place is both my home and my position in society.
My places include México (Rocoroibo in the Sierra Madre, Tlalpan in the DF, Mitla, Ixmiquilpan), the United States (Palo Alto, El Paso, Lenexa, New Fairfield, Waltham, St. Paul, St. Petersburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Manassas, Rockville, Taos, New York City), China (Beijing), Benin (Calavi and Ouidah), South Africa (Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown), Gabon (Libreville), Rwanda (Kigali), Tanzania (Dar es Salaam), and Zimbabwe (Harare).
The word derives from older English notions of open spaces and from the Latin tradition of plazas. Place therefore signifies in both the private and the public realms. Liminal space, that threshold, that place where one is neither one nor the other, is my place."
Currently writing a second screenplay.
The Great Wall north of Beijing, China