On Writing: Lori has just recently started calling herself a poet, even though she has written poems for as long as she can remember. Poetry has become her life. She reads poetry as much as she writes it and craves poetry by women, lesbian and queer poets. (She had enough of old, white male poets during her education, although she had some amazing professors who introduced her to a whole new diverse world of lovely women writers)
The Name of Our Journal: Natascha and Lori were talking one day about how, even though lesbians are represented in some movies and TV, we are still not represented enough. We love quality films, with excellent dialogue and beautiful scenery (For example, Portrait of a Lady on Fire). We decided to start this journal to attempt to tip the scales toward lesbian women, their writing, their art and their lovely contributions to the world. We also highly admire Sarah Waters and her novel Tipping the Velvet.
Favorite Poets: Some of Lori’s favorite poets from the past are Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou and Adrienne Rich. Lori has read some amazing poems that have been submitted to Tipping the Scales, including 2 by a 15-year-old lesbian, and she is so excited about the first issue of Tipping the Scales!
Education: Lori earned a degree in English from the University of North Florida (Mostly so she could read lovely books and write about them) She focused on creative writing and enjoyed every class! Lori does not think that a degree is what makes a good writer, and she loves to read poems by new writers, older writers and especially poems that are personal and make her go “Yes! I feel that too!”
Recently published work: Lori’s most recently published works are: “Last Month” in Poems on Global Lockdown and CoronaVirus (Poet’s Choice July 2020), “Out” and “Who Was She?” in Other Worldly Women Press, and “Change is Coming!” in Extinction Rebellion Creative Hub. Lori has been a staff writer for a local Florida newspaper, where she did stories on local people and brought attention to amazing, yet little known, heroes all around her.
A bit more:
While raising 3 amazing children, who are spectacular adults now, Lori came out at age 45 as a lesbian. She is now living in England with her wife and co-editor, Natascha Graham, and is a bonus mum to her 2 children. They have 3 chickens, 2 cats and a garden that they are in awe of every day!
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On Writing: Raised by Virginia Woolf and David Bowie (the only man in her life), Natascha Graham has written fiction since early childhood. Natascha was first published in Acumen at age 18 and has continued to write fiction, poetry and non-fiction professionally ever since. Despite some discouraging rejection letters, Natascha has managed to meet her goal for 2020, to have at least one work published each month. So far she has met and exceeded this goal.
Writers she loves: Virginia Woolf - in particular her letters and diaries, Vita Sackville-West, Joanne Harris, Sarah Waters, Sylvia Plath, Fiona Shaw, Emily M Danforth, Alice Hoffman, Esther Freud, Nora Ephron, and screenwriters Nora Ephron and Sally Wainwright.
Education: Natascha studied English and Creative Writing with the Open University and went on to take a course in writing for film, TV and radio. Her favorite classes taught her the importance of editing and encouraged her passion for creating her believable and natural dialogue.
Recently published work: Acumen, Litro, The Mighty, Yahoo
Photo credit: Lori Graham
News, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, Twenty Two Twenty Eight, Hamilton Stone Review, Macromic The Nervous Breakdown & Fictional Cafe, Ponder Review, among others.
Her play, How She Kills, was performed by The Mercury Theatre in August 2020 and broadcast on BBC radio in September. Her second play, Confessions: The Hours, has been performed by Thornhill Theatre London, Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York, BBC Radio Suffolk, since then, both films along with her third short film I Am Winter, have been selected by Pinewood Studios and Lift-Off Sessions film-makers festival for 2020 and 2021.
Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction essays have been previously published by Every Day Fiction, Acumen, Litro, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Sheepshead Review, Yahoo News and The Mighty.
Natascha also has an upcoming poetry collection published with Tall Lighthouse in 2021, and writes continuing radio drama, Everland, for BBC Radio.
A bit more: Natascha lives in Suffolk, England, with her wife, Lori, (who she met on a Highly Sensitive Facebook group), 2 children, 3 chickens and 2 cats. She loves baking, especially sweet things. She looks forward to reading new submissions of outstanding literary merit, and helping lesbian women to get their work seen! She is a naturally good gardener, and she and Lori have made a lovely vegetable garden, which has produced amazing veggies. She also draws pictures occasionally.
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