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Barrie Jean Borich is the author of Apocalypse, Darling (Ohio State University Press: Mad Creek Books/Machete Series in Literary Nonfiction 2018) which was 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."
Borich's essays have been anthologized in:
Isherwood in Transit;
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 Ecotone, The Seneca Review,
Hotel Amerika, Indiana Review,
TriQuarterly, Passages North, The Washington Post, The Rumpus and many other literary journals.
Borich is a professor in the English Department and MFA/MA in Writing and Publishing Program at DePaul. She leads nonfiction writing workshops for graduate and undergraduate students at DePaul, teaches courses in LGBTQ memoir, multicultural 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.