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Barrie Jean Borich

  • Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor Crook & Folly
  • English
  • Faculty
  • Creative nonfiction, place and urbanity; literary journals and future of the book
  • 773-325-8109
  • Arts and Letters Hall 213-03

Barrie Jean Borich is the author of Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series), winner of a Lambda Literary Award in Memoir, an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction and a 2013 IndieFab 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 motionnot only across water and land, but also through life."

Her previous book, My Lesbian Husband (Graywolf), won the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award. Her work has been cited in Best American Essays and Best American Non-Required Reading, she's 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, Indiana Review, Hotel Amerika, and The Washington Post.

Borich teaches graduate and undergraduate creative nonfiction and publishing classes at DePaul, and is working with students to develop Slag Glass City, a digital nonfiction arts journal. A Chicago native, Borich spent many years living in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota where she was the first nonfiction editor of Water~Stone Review and a faculty member in The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University. For more information on Borich's work visit her web site at