Essays written by Barbara Straus Lodge will appear in the upcoming anthologies Exit Laughing – How We Use Humor To Take The Sting Out Of Death, edited by Victoria Zacheim (North Atlantic Books/ Random House May 2012), and It’s All In Her Head, Women Making Peace With Troubled Minds, edited by Laura Andre (Seal Press 2013). Essays have also appeared in The Sun Magazine, Whole Life Times Magazine, Amarillo Bay Literary Magazine, and Clever Magazine. An essay written under her pen name, Leigh Stuart, was published in the anthology Dear John I Love Jane, (Seal Press 2010) which was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Recognizing her personal truth while simultaneously uncovering her husband’s secret life is the subject of her nearly completed memoir, Revolution.
A native Angeleno, she earned a B.A. in English from UCLA, and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. She is on the Search Committee for the Los Angeles City College Saint Cloud Scholarship, a program she cofounded to provide education scholarships to women in dire need. She is also on the Board of Trustees for New Roads School. Barbara studies Creative Nonfiction with the UCLA Writer’s Program and lives in Los Angeles with her two teenage children, Bengal cat Sunny, and German Shepard mix Leo.