Faculty Profile: Barrie Jean Borich

Faculty Profile:
Barrie Jean Borich, Assistant Professor

 Written/Edited by: Emily Todd & Kelly Przytulski

The DePaul English Department welcomes its newest faculty member, Professor Barrie Jean Borich. Professor Borich comes from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, where she taught classes in Creative Non-Fiction, Literary Magazine, and Publishing. Professor Borich has a strong background in teaching and writing: in addition to sixteen years of university experience (the University of Minnesota, Minnesota College of Art and Design, and St. Olaf College), she has also taught community-based writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Having grown up in the Calumet region southeast of Chicago, Professor Borich is excited to be back in Illinois, looks forward getting to know first-generation college students, and working with DePaul students from a variety of backgrounds.

Professor Borich holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She is the author of Restoring the Color of Roses, a memoir of her experiences growing up on the southeast side of Chicago, and My Lesbian Husband: Landscapes of a Marriage, about living in a long-term lesbian marriage written before the current gay marriage debate. My Lesbian Husband won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award in 2000 and was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award that same year. Her third book, Body Geographic, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in March 2013.

At DePaul, Professor Borich will be teaching such courses as Creative Writing, Memoirs, Creative Non-Fiction of Place, and Geography of Memory. Her style is collaborative – she prefers engaging discussion with her students and workshop-style classes over lecture. She is especially interested in the current and future trends of publishing, and incorporates technology like Touch Press’s “The Sonnets of William Shakespeare” application in her teaching whenever possible.

Outside of teaching, Professor Borich loves to bike. She was an avid biker in Minneapolis where she cycled on an urban green pathway called, Midtown Greenway—built on a former railroad corridor; as a biker, she is interested in ways that cities reclaim former industrial sites for environmentally-friendly purposes like urban biking. Along with city biking, Professor Borich enjoys walking along the lakefront, spending time with her dog, and exploring the wide variety of restaurants Chicago has to offer. She enjoys memoirs and experimental non-fiction from authors such as Lidia Yuknavitch, Bernard Cooper, Ander Monson, Alison Bechdel, John Edgar Wideman, Lauren Slater, and Annie Dillard.

Welcome to DePaul, Professor Borich!