Tamara Lazaroff is a Brisbane-based writer of fiction and narrative nonfiction, and a sometimes-poet and producer of zines. She has a particular interest in hidden histories, the migrant experience, queer and feminist themes, oral storytelling traditions and celebratory stories of social connectedness.
Her short story ‘The Menkas’ won the Biennial Literary Award (Society of Women Writers Victoria); other stories have been highly commended and longlisted for the international Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, the InkTears Short Story Competition (UK) and the Fish Short Story Prize (UK). Her novella, Husk, Root, Bone, was a Fiction Category Finalist for the 2018 Summer Literary Seminars Contest (Canada).
Her work has appeared widely in Australian, New Zealand and UK
journals and magazines, including Meanjin, Southerly, The Big Issue, Gargouille, Feminartsy, Headland and The Wrong Quarterly, among others. Radio National has audio-produced the following microfiction: ‘The Sock Seller’s Socks,The Plum Picker’s Plums’ and ‘Bunny Men’. She also writes reviews and conducts author interviews for publications such as Verity La and Mascara Literary Review.
In 2018, she was selected as one of thirty emerging writers to participate in the national HARDCOPY Fiction Writers' Manuscript Development Program. These are the other programs and residencies she has undertaken: Arteles Creative Centre (Finland), Can Serrat International Arts Centre (Spain), House Conspiracy (Brisbane), the Summer Writing Program (Naropa University, USA) and the Summer Literary Seminar (Georgia).
Alongside her writing practice, Tamara works as an Adult Literacy teacher. She's also a yoga enthusiast, cat lover, tea drinker and, people say, a good listener.