About Barbara.


Barbara Straus Lodge


Essays written by Barbara Straus Lodge have appeared in The Rumpus Voices of Addiction (2017,) Parabola Magazine (2016,) The Good Men Project (2016,) The New York Times Motherlode blog (June 2013,) the LA Affairs section of the Los Angeles Times (Sept 2012,) The Literary Reflections section of Literary Mama (February 2014,) The Examined Life: A Literary Journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (January 2014,) and Eloji Gadugi Literary Journal (January 2014.) 

A 2018 Op-Ed, published in The Huffington Post, involves society's response to those individuals struggling with addiction. And a 2019 Los Angeles Times Op-Ed discusses the dangers of Smoke & Tobacco shops selling nitrous oxide.


Additionally, an essay entitled "It Takes A Villa" has appeared in the anthology Blended, edited by Samantha Ducolax Waltz (Seal Press 2015), "Into the Light" has appeared in the anthology Exit Laughing – How We Use Humor To Take The Sting Out Of Death, edited by Victoria Zacheim (North Atlantic Books/ Random House May 2012.) Essays have also appeared in The Sun Magazine, Amarillo Bay Online Literary Magazine, and Whole Life Times Magazine.


She is the co-editor of an anthology entitled Greetings from Janeland, Cleis Press (2017) which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist.  The Seal Press 2010 anthology Dear John I Love Jane was also a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Mirror Image is an essay in DJILJ written under her pen name, Leigh Stuart. 

A native Angeleno, Barbara earned a B.A. in English from UCLA, and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law.  She is on the Board of Visitors for the Pepperdine University School of Law and is a founder and the Executive VP of Above the Noise Foundation which will inspire, empower, and provide grassroots funding to U.S. cities affected by the addiction epidemic by hosting drug and alcohol free music festivals. Through the universal language of music, Above the Noise will unite communities, heal families, and shift America’s response to addiction from one of rejection to one of inclusion.Barbara has earned her Certificate, with distinction, in Creative Nonfiction from the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program.