Ms Barrie Jean Borich

Illinois, United States

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 motion—not only across water and land, but also through life.” Her previous book, My Lesbian Husband (Graywolf), won the ALA Stonewall Book Award. Her work has been cited in Best American Essays and Best American Non-Required Reading and she’s currently working on a book-length essay about repurposed industrial landscapes, urban joy, and riding her bicycle on the mean streets of Chicago. Borich was the first creative nonfiction editor of Hamline University’s Water~Stone Review and is currently a member of the creative writing faculty of the English Department/MA in Writing & Publishing Program at Chicago’s DePaul University, where she’s developing Slag Glass City, a creative nonfiction and new media journal focused on sustainability, identity and the arts in urban environments. Borich earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop and lives now with her spouse Linnea, a few blocks from Lake Michigan, in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, which was recently voted the most “incomparable” gayborhood in the world.




  • Restoring the Color of Roses , Firebrand Books (April 1993)
  • My Lesbian Husband (October 1999)
  • Body Geographic , University of Nebraska, American Lives Series (March 2013)


  • Stonewall Book Award(2000)
  • Lambda Literary Award(2014)
  • IPPY Gold Medal(2014)


  • Assistant Professor at The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University (July 1996 - August 2012)
  • Assistant Professor at DePaul University (September 2012 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction