Lori & Natascha Graham
Lori enjoys writing poetry and flash fiction about ghosts, spooky atmospheres, magical realism, and LGBTQ themes. Since February 2020, Lori has been proud to have something published in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, and art!
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.
Some of Lori’s favourite 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!
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!”
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 Little 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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Full-time professional writer 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, as well as writing for stage and screen ever since.
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, and screenwriters Nora Ephron and Sally Wainwright.
The Sheepshead Review, Acumen, Rattle, Stand, Every Day Fiction, Sylvia Magazine, Native Skin, The Mighty, Yahoo News, The Gay and Lesbian Review, New Welsh Review, Gaze, Open Journal of Arts & Letters, The Thing Itself, Shorts Magazine, Think Shorts, Litro, Litro US, Flash Fiction Magazine, Macromic, Fictional Cafe, Twenty-Two Twenty Eight, Swimm, Havik, The Nabu Review, Ponder, The Nervous Breakdown, Love in the Time of Covid, Hamilton Stone Review, Secret Attic, Prismatica, The Poetry Question, Crow Toes, Abergavenny Press, Pure Slush, Zoetic Press, Bandit Fiction, Processing Crisis, Harpy Hybrid, Storm Cellar, The Ilanot Review, Harpy Hybrid Review, 805 Lit, Bitter Fruit, Pure Slush, Carolina Muse, The Bookends Review, Red Eft, The Bitchin' Kitsch, The Wire, New Plains Review, Green Ink, Ink Sweat & Tears, Orca, ELJ Editions, 805, Kin Literary Journal, Sinister Wisdom, Passengers, Peeking Cat, Subterranean Blue, Other-Worldly Women, Beyond Words and many more.
Everland, the novel, is serialised monthly in Crow Toes Quarterly.
Photo credit: Lori Graham
A Little Bit More:
Raised simultaneously by David Bowie and Virginia Woolf, Natascha Graham is a writer of stage, screen, fiction, non-fiction and poetry and lives with her wife in a house full of sunshine on the east coast of England.
Her short films have been selected by Pinewood Studios & Lift-Off Sessions, Cannes Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Camden Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, while her theatre shows have been performed in London's West End and on Broadway, New York as well as at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Thornhill Theatre, London and Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York where her monologue, Confessions: The Hours won the award for Best Monologue.
Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction essays have been previously published by Acumen, Rattle, Litro, Every Day Fiction, The Sheepshead Review, Yahoo News and The Mighty among others, as well as being aired numerous times on BBC Radio and various podcasts.
Natascha also writes the continuing BBC Radio Drama, Everland, and is working on Bad Girls: The Documentary which explores the UK's ITV prison drama.
Natascha also writes for the Broxtowe Women's Project for abused women and has also written and released several works of fiction and poetry which are widely available worldwide.
When she is not writing, Natascha is co-editor in chief of Tipping the Scales Literary & Arts Journal with her wife and co-hosts the upcoming LGBT podcast, The Sapphic Lounge, with fellow writer, Stephanie Donaghy-Sims.
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