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.