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Thursday, March 28th, 2019
BJB at the AWP

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Mad Creek Books Offsite Reading
HOME, A BAR, 719 SE Morrison Street, Portland
Nonfiction from Barrie Jean Borich [reading early], Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Phillip Lopate, Sophronia Scott, Terese Svoboda, Catherine Taylor, Nicole Walker and many others.

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Incite: Queer Writers Read Offsite Reading
LITERARY ARTS, 925 SW Washington Street, Portland
Barrie Jean Borich [reading late], Amber Flame, Penny Guisinger, Brionne Janae, Rosamond S. King. Cooper Lee Bombadier, Barrie Jean Borich, Ana-Maurine Lara, Violent Defiant. Hosted by Kate Carroll deGutes and Kate Gray.

8:30p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Femme Force Reading
POWELL’S BOOKS, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland
Queer Femme Readings by Barrie Jean Borich, Amber Dawn, Ariel Gore, Larissa Lai, Wendy C. Ortiz, SJ Sindu. Hosted by Sailor Holiday.

, including an April talk at the ESSAY MALTA CONFERENCE on the beautiful island of Malta, and in June the Lambda Literary Awards, as well as  exciting writing festival and conference events at the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference in Homer, Alaska and at the ASLE Paradise on Fire conference at  UC Davis in California









PAST EVENTS (2013—Present):

Lions in  Winter
January 26, 2019
I was a Featured Writer at LIONS in WINTER at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, a full-day literary festival that includes author readings, craft talks by featured writers in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, an editors panel, a book fair, and more.

NonfictioNOW: Phoenix 2018
November 1-3

Sybil Baker, Barrie Jean Borich, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Robert Vivian, & Xu Xi 許素細
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. in Salon 3 of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

Barrie Jean Borich, Paul Lisicky, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen, & Ira Sukrungruang
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Salon 3 of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

Also look for me at the NonfictioNOW bookfair, at the Slag Glass City table, Friday and Saturday of the conference, in Salons 1 & 2.

• Magers & Quinn Bookstore in Minneapolis on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7 PM – 8 PM with photographer Laura Migliorino and authors Sheila O’Connor and Danielle Bylund.

Rainier Writing Workshop—Reading with Rebecca McClanahan at 7:30 on Friday, August 3
as a part of the Rainier Writing Workshop 2018 Summer Residency Evening Reading Series, at the Scandinavian Cultural Center, Room #100, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.
Free and Open to the Public.

DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus on Thursday May 10th, 2018, at 6:00 PM, in Arts and Letters Hall, Room 414, 2315 N. Kenmore (near the Fullerton Red/Brown/Purple Line stop).  GUESTS: Michele Morano, Mark Turcotte, Megan Heffernan, Marcy Dinius.

Seminary Coop Bookstore in Hyde Park, Chicago,
on Monday April 23rd, 2018, 6:00pm – 7:00pm.
Jeremy Mulderig and Barrie Jean Borich discuss their respective books The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward and Apocalypse, Darling. A Q/A and signing will follow the discussion, In Hyde Park at The Seminary Co-op Bookstore,  5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Read a blog post about books that influenced Apocalypse, Darling, HERE. 

Saints & Sinners Conference in New Orleans, on March 23-25th, 2018
SATURDAY March 24th, 10:00 AM, Hotel Monteleone, Bienville C
I will be reading with Melanie Hoffert, Andrew Holleran, Lauren Sanders and others.

SATURDAY March 24th, 11:30 AM, Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon D
• To Tell The Truth:
The Makings of a Great Memoir
Memoirs hold a very important place in the world of queer literature. They often remind us of who we are, where we have been, and where we are going. However, making a memoir exceptional poses unique challenges. A panel of successful writers will discuss the ways in which they approach memoir-writing. They will explore the techniques that work for them and give us insights into their writing process. They will examine the ways in which truth, structure, language, and personal history play a role in their work.
Panelists: Barrie Jean Borich, Peter Gajdics, Martin Hyatt, and Felice Picano. Moderator: Michael H. Ward
Hotel Monteleone, royal Royal Salon D

SUNDAY March 25th, 1:00 PM, Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon D
• Creative  Nonfiction:  Making It Remarkable
A true story makes for compelling reading, and yet, we often pay it our highest compliment by saying, “It reads like a novel.” These authors talk about the challenges and pleasures of making their diverse subjects into page-turning reading. Barrie Jean Borich writes about the collisions of places and identities; Clayton Delery chronicled the Upstairs Lounge Fire and the murder of Fernando Rios; memoirist Melanie Hoffert is now working on a book about water; and Gillian Rodger is a scholar of theater history. Moderator: Tammy Lynne Stoner Hotel Monteleone,

• 2018 AWP Conference in Tampa
–Thursday March 8, NOON-1:30 PM Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Persona of the Personal: A Reading and Roundtable
(David Welch, Ada Limón, Jaswinder Bolina, Hannah Pittard, Barrie Jean Borich)
How do memoirists maneuver masks to represent the real world? When do novelists invoke their own lives through their characters? How do poets vary the voices of their speakers for personal ends? Join a memoirist, a novelist, and two poets as they read and discuss the use of persona in their work. As each panelist also mentors other writers, the resulting conversation will explore the experiences of approaching persona as a teacher, reader, and writer inside as well as outside of the workshop.
—Thursday March 8, 2:00-3:00 PM
Ohio State University Press, BOOTH #618
Apocalypse, Darling BOOK SIGNING
—Friday March 9, 5:30-6:30 PM
Offsite Event—Older Queer Voices: A Reading
Inkwood Books: 1809 S. Tampa St. (Entrance off Franklin)

• The official Chicago book launch of Apocalypse, Darling
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:30pm
at Women & Children First in the Andersonville neighborhood,
5233 N Clark St. Chicago, IL
Special guests: Chicago writers Juan Martinez (Best Worst American,) Christine Rice (Swarm Theory), Tara Betts (Break the Habit), and T Clutch Fleischmann (Syzzy, Beauty), all reading on the theme ‘Apocalypse.’

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What does it mean to be a maker of art in Chicago today?
Slag Glass City/One Book, One Chicago Mashup Event in conjunction with citywide discussions of this year’s book,
The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja.
Where: DePaul Art Museum, 935 W Fullerton, 2nd Floor, Chicago
When: Monday, February 22, 2016 at 6:00- 8:00 PM   Click here for more info!

• NonfictioNOW in Reykjavik, Iceland, June 2017.
—Panel, Nonfiction as Queer Aesthetic with Francesca Rendle-Short (Chair), Barrie Jean Borich, Lawrence Lacambra Ypil, Peta Murray, Quinn Eades.
—Panel, Memoir Time with Barrie Jean Borich (Chair), Paul Lisicky, Ira Sukrungruang, Bich (Beth) Minh Nguyen, Amitava Kumar.

• AWP Washington DC, February 2016. 
—Panel, Celebrating 15 Years of American Lives—A University of Nebraska Press Reading.
—Reading, Does Gender Matter? Wrestling with Identity and Form in the Golden Age of Women’s Essays.

• Lecture, Creative Nonfiction Is, at the Rainier Writing Workshop, August 2016.

• AWP Los Angeles, March/April 2016
—Panel, Story as Survival, LBGTQ Memoir.
—Panel, Teaching Outside the Search Box: Lessons in Creative Nonfiction Research Methods.

Lecture, “Christopher and His Nonfictions: Isherwood’s American Eye and the Origins of Contemporary Nonfiction Art” at The Huntington Library Conference My Self in a Transitional State’: Isherwood in California,” November 2015.

NonfictioNOW, Flagstaff, October 2015.
—Panel, The Poessaytics of Form.
—Panel, Writing and Editing the City.

• AWP Minneapolis, April 2015
Normandale Writing Festival. Keynote Address and Reading at Normandale Community College.
—Panel, The Past is a Place: Former Minnesotans Remember, with Cheryl Strayed and Amitava Kumar.
—Panel, Let the Body Speak, Sex in Literary Nonfiction.

Lecture, The Truth, at the Rainier Writing Workshop, August 2014.

• AWP Minneapolis, April 2015.
—Panel, The Naked I: Nonfiction’s Exposed Voice.
—Panel, Courting the Peculiar: the Ever-Changing Queerness of Creative Nonfiction.
QUEERTOPIA 2, 7 pm Barnes & Noble (Pacific Place, 600 Pine Street) with Rosebud Ben-Oni Julie R. Enszer, Paul Lisicky Lee Ann Roripaugh and many amazing others.

• October 2014 Reading at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Panel, One Book One Chicago: Migration Across the Disciplines, at DePaul, October 2013.

• Saints and Sinners, New Orleans, May 2013.
—Panel, Memoir.
—Panel, Creative Nonfiction

Panel, Passionate Professors, at DePaul, sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, DePaul’s English Honor Society, 12 March 2013.

• WEDNESDAY 14 May, Chicago Area Lambda Literary Finalists Reading
Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.

• Sunday  24 November, Chicago Book Expo
2:30-3:30, St. Augustine College
1345 West Argyle, Chicago, IL
Reading and Discussion of 2013  University of Nebraska books Body Geographic and Occasional Desire, with David Lazar.

• Wednesday 6  November, Sheffield’s Bar in Lakeview, Chicago
Reading Under the Influence
RUI features readings of original short stories plus short-short excerpts of published work related to a theme of the month, with trivia contests. My theme was deferment.

• Thursday, October 24. Lincoln Park Campus,
Richardson Library, Room 300
One Book, One Chicago: Migration Across The Disciplines
Three DePaul faculty members—Barrie Jean Borich, Creative Writing; Ogenga Otunnu, History; and Shailja Sharma, International Studies—discuss their own work and offer interdisciplinary perspectives on migration as well as a Q&A session with the audience.


Friday -Sunday, August 2-4, 2013
OutWrite LGBT Book Festival in Washington DC
The Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street NW

Tuesday, May 21,  2013 at 6:00 p.m.
DePaul University Writers’ Series
Richardson Library, Room 115
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus, Chicago IL

Tuesday, May 21,  2013 at 6:00 p.m.
DePaul University Writers’ Series
Richardson Library, Room 115
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus, Chicago IL

Saturday May 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Barrie Jean Borich reading from BODY GEOGRAPHIC
SubText Books
165 Western Ave N Suite 14, St. Paul MN

Thursday, May 9,  2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Barrie Jean Borich reading from BODY GEOGRAPHIC
Rachael Hanel reading from WE’LL BE THE LAST ONES TO LET YOU DOWN
The Book Cellar Chicago
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL

Friday, April 12,  2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Barrie Jean Borich reading from BODY GEOGRAPHIC
Melanie Hoffert reading from PRAIRIE SILENCE
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St. Chicago IL

Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 5:00 p.m
Read/Write: Barrie Jean Borich, author of BODY GEOGRAPHIC, reading and discussion.
Swan Hall, 154 60 Upper College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI

Sunday March 17, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Barrie Jean Borich reads from her new memoir BODY GEOGRAPHIC
Common Good Books, 38 S Snelling Ave, Saint Paul MN

Saturday, March 16
Barrie Jean Borich Publication Reading
with guest appearances by: Aundria Morgan; Ben Kreilkamp; Doug Federheart; Ellen Lansky; Heid Erdrich; Frieda Gardner; Kathyrn Kysar; Katrina Vandenberg; Laura Migliorino; Morgan Grayce Willow; Pat Cumbie; Patrick Scully; Sheila O’Connor; Sun Yung Shin, Megan Maloney-Vinz.   MAPS by Chris Cinque; Juliet Patterson.
CAKE!  MAPMAKING!  BOOKS!  The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)

Thursday March 7—Saturday March 9, 2013
2013 AWP Conference & Bookfair, Boston MA
PANEL: Eros in the Classroom with Heather McNaugher, Michele Morano  and Barrie Jean Borich. Thursday 7 March, 4:30 p.m.
PANEL: Essayists on the Essay with Ned Stuckey-French, Lynn Bloom, Jenny Spinner, Patrick Madden and Barrie Jean Borich. Saturday March 9.
BOOKSIGNING:  Body Geographic. Saturday March 9, 1:30 p.m., University of Nebraska Press Table

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Barrie Jean Borich & Re’Lynn Hansen Reading
  Chicago IL
Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.




Book Trailer

Reviews, Interviews, & New Work

‘Apocalypse, Darling’ Is a Deceptively Difficult Text That Deserves Deep Consideration— in PopMatters.

Revisiting Ruin: Paul Lisicky Interviews Barrie Jean Borich.

“I suddenly found myself unable to stop reading”—in New Pages.

“The magic of Borich’s prose makes it difficult to look away”— in Lambda Literary.

“The almost poetic parallels between toxic relationships and America’s repatriated industrial wastelands.”—in the Minneapolis StarTribune.

Barrie Jean Borich Explores Chicago’s Re-Wilding Industrial Corridor—the “Little Interview” in the Chicago Review of Books.

“Our Wastelands: A Conversation With Barrie Jean Borich”—an interview with Toni Nealie of Chicago’s New City.


COMING IN SPRING 2019—Julie Marie Wade interviews me for The Rumpus.


Work Available Online:

Writing the Impossible Possible,” a new blog post on the Bloomsbury Press site about revisiting my essay “The Craft of Writing Queer” is the new creative writing studies anthology Critical Creative Writing.

How Long Will It Take Us to Get to the Water,” a new essay in Hypertext magazine.

The King Who Dreamed of Being a Frog: Taylor Mac’s Heretical American History in Song,” my essay about the most transformative theatrical event I have ever experienced, in the Los Angeles Review of Books. This is what democracy looks like.

My work was featured at The Total Femme. In this blog entry I write about femme identity in LGBTQ communities and in my work, as well as excerpt a short section of Apocalypse Darling.

The Fourth River’s weekly online publication, Tributaries, published an excerpt of my work in progress, After the Gayborhood Is Gone, as part of THE NEW NATURE, an online series on place, selected by Ira Sukrungruang.

My essay-review about three contemporary creative nonfiction works that both practice and interrogate the authorial gaze, while also excavating the deep infrastructure of the American psyche: The Lens Looks Back” in the 2017 edition of The Water~Stone Review.

The politics of public restrooms is the subject of my essay The Butch and the Bathroom,” featured in The Rumpus.

My essay “Our Bodies, Our Archives,” about teaching, and living, LGBTQ Memoir was published first here in Passages North, then republished in the web anthology Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival. 

Make Magazine published my short essay Irregular” on the self as seen from the distance of a window.

My OpEd in The Washington Post, Lily Tomlin, Marriage, and Me, about Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, the new marriage laws, and whether or not Linnea and I should finally make it legal.


Other Essays & Interviews:

Donald Liebenson of The Chicago Tribune talks to me about Body Geographic and my move back to Chicago in “Following Her Inner Compass.”

An interview on identity, rewriting the past, and the maps in my memoir Body Geographic. On Radio DePaul.

My essay on the nonfiction truthiness debates, On Nonfiction and Consequence,” appears in the Australian journal TEXT,  Special Issue: Nonfiction Now

An interview with me about Body Geographic, Mapping Identity, appears on Brevity.com.

My short essay On What the Watcher Wants” appears on the website celebrating the launch of a new book about creative nonfiction writing—Bending Genre, edited by Margot Singer and Nicole Walker.

I published an essay about Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Motheras part of the ESSAY DAILY December 2012 Advent Calendar of essays about the essay.

I published the essay The Non Now, Aussie Styleabout the 2102 NonfictioNow conference in Melbourne Australia on the Brevity Blog.

My MINNESOTA ORIGINALS segment, featuring an excerpt from Apocalypse, Darling, aired in Fall 2012 on Twin Cities Public TV. Watch a rebroadcast here.

I was a guest editor, with Susan Antonetta and Joy Castro, of the Fall 2012 issue of BREVITY: A Journal of Concise Nonfiction. The “Ceiling or Sky?” special issue was a response to the VIDA:Women in Literary Arts count, exposing gender inequities in literary publishing.

I published Live From AWP: Dispatch #1, #6, #8, #17 —guest blogs from the AWP Conference in Chicago, for the Minneapolis Star Tribune blog “On Books.” 1-5 Mar, 2012.

I edited and contributed to Women of Being: An Anti-List of Under-Acknowledged Authorson VIDAweb.org, the monthly online journal of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, February 2012.

In 2011 I first published my essay “Dogged in the digital journal Sweet. 

My essay “Navigating Jazz,” from BODY GEOGRAPHIC, appeared in the Fall 2010 edition of INDIANA REVIEW, and my reading from the piece, as well as my discussion of the work, is available via “bluecast” at the Indiana Review blog “Under the Blue Light.” January 2011.




Barrie Jean Borich

Barrie Jean Borich is the author of Apocalypse, Darling (Ohio State University Press: Mad Creek Books/Machete Series in Literary Nonfiction 2018) which has been shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award. PopMatters said, “Apocalypse, Darling soars and seems to live as a new form altogether. It’s poetry, a meditation on life as ‘the other,’ creative nonfiction, and abstract art.” Her memoir Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series 2013) won a Lambda Literary Award in Memoir, an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction, and a 2013 Forward INDIE Bronze Award for Essays. In a starred review, Kirkus called Body Geographic “an elegant literary map that celebrates shifting topographies as well as human bodies in motion, not only across water and land, but also through life.”

Borich’s book, My Lesbian Husband (Graywolf 1999, 2000), an LGBTQ classic, won the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award. In her Lambda Literary essay about Borich’s body of work, Julie Enszer wrote, “My Lesbian Husband situates lesbian relationships in a complicated, messy world of long-term intimacy. While the title heralds lesbianism as its center, the book explores broader, human questions about relationships, using lesbian not as a norm, but as an interesting alternate data point, a place to center attention at the margin to illuminate a whole.” About Borich’s first book, Restoring the Color of Roses (1993), published by independent feminist publisher Firebrand Books, Enszer wrote, “Borich both describes what happens when women lie with women and also responds to persistent debates about gender roles and role play within lesbian communities with a full-throated defense of femme, femininity, and beauty as relevant and meaningful to lesbians.”

A new essay from Borich, “Christopher and His Nonfictions,” will appear in Isherwood in Transit, a forthcoming book from the University of Minnesota Press exploring the locations of novelist and autobiographer Christopher Isherwood’s work. Borich’s essays have been anthologized in: Critical Creative Writing; Waveform:Twenty-First Century Essays by Women; and in After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays, and have been cited in Best American Essays and Best American Non-Required Reading. She is the recipient of The Florida Review Editor’s Prize in the Essay and the Crab Orchard Review Literary Nonfiction Prize, and her work has appeared in EcotoneThe Seneca Review, Hotel AmerikaIndiana Review, TriQuarterlyPassages North, The Washington PostThe Rumpus and many other literary journals.

Borich is an associate professor in the English Department and MA in Writing and Publishing Program at DePaul University in Chicago. She leads writing workshops for graduate and undergraduate students at DePaul, teaches courses in LGBTQ memoir and the history and practice of the American literary magazine, and she edits Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts. A Chicago native, Borich lives with her spouse Linnea in the city’s historic Bryn Mawr District of the Edgewater Beach neighborhood, one of the most culturally and internationally diverse community areas of the city and recently voted the sixth “gayest” neighborhood in the United States.


Read a profile of Barrie Jean Borich in the The Printer’s Row Journal of The Chicago Tribune.