Barrie Jean Borich

Author: Barrie Jean Borich

Profile: Barrie Jean Borich is an American writer, memoirist and academic. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States and spent a major part of her adult life in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the year 2012 she returned to Chicago to teach creative writing at DePaul University. She is well known for her memoirs My Lesbian Husband: Landscapes of a Marriage.

Barrie Jean Borich is presently an associate professor in the English Department and MFA/MA in Writing and Publishing Program at DePaul. She also leads workshops in nonfiction writing for undergraduate and graduate students at DePaul and teaches courses in multicultural memoir, LGBTQ memoir and the practice and history of the American literary magazine. A digital journal of the urban essay arts, Slag Glass City, is also edited by Borich. Her partner’s name is Linnea Stenson.

Essays written by Barrie Jean Borich have been anthologized in Critical Creative Writing, After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays, Isherwood in Transit and Waveform: Twenty-First Century Essays by Women. The essays have been cited in Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Essays. Barrie Jean Borich has also received The Florida Review Editor’s Prize in the Essay and the Crab Orchard Review Literary Nonfiction Prize.

Writing style: Barrie Jean Borich’s work represents poetry, a meditation on life as abstract art, as creative fiction and as, ‘the other’.

Published Texts:

1993 – Restoring the Color of Roses

1999 – My Lesbian Husband: Landscapes of a Marriage

2013 – Body Geographic

Awards and Acknowledgements:

2000 – My Lesbian Husband: Landscapes of a Marriage won a Stonewall Book Award

My Lesbian Husband: Landscapes of a Marriage was also shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Autobiography/Biography at the 26th Lambda Literary Awards.

Apocalypse, Darling was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award

Her memoir Body Geographic won a Lambda Literary Award in Memoir

Body Geographic won an Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Award

Body Geographic won a Gold Medal in Creative/Essay Nonfiction

Body Geographic won the 2013 Forward INDIE Bronze Award for Essays