• Hamline University Creative Writing Program The Exchange: Barrie Jean Borich

    The Exchange: Barrie Jean Borich

    Spring 2011

    Faculty member Barrie Jean Borich continues to be a literary force to be reckoned with. In 2011, she has sold a book, contributed to two major writing conferences, and seen one of her essays published in a provocative anthology alongside new and established voices for social change -- and 2011 is not even halfway over.

    The University of Nebraska will publish Barrie's new book, Body Geographic - An Autobiographical Atlas, in their American Lives Series with a tentative release set for fall 2012. The book is a lyric memoir written in the form of maps, and it explores how places, particularly American cities, make and change people and how people make and change places.

    Barrie and her work were featured on the Indiana Review's blog, "Under the Blue Light." In the accompanying "Bluecast" podcast,  she discusses the map structure of Body Geographic and reads from her essay "Navigating Jazz ," which appeared in the winter 2010, 32.2 issue of the Indiana Review.

    Released in April by New Village Press, American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice includes "Waterfront Property," an essay from Body Geographic. The anthology also includes work by faculty member Deborah Keenan, Sherman Alexie, Dorothy Allison, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich, and other influential writers. Another essay from Body Geographic, “American Doll,” won the Florida Review Editor’s Prize for the Essay and is forthcoming in that journal.

    Recently, Barrie performed at the Aster Cafe in the Minneapolis version of Todd Zuniga's one-and-only Literary Death Match. She finished the evening as First Runner-Up, scoring well in the reading-with-prop portion, but losing out in a crazy musical chairs finale. Another debut: Minneapolis public television KTCA is slated to air a segment on the program, Minnesota Original, that features another book project by Barrie, a lyric essay sequence titled, Apocalypse, darling.

    At the 2011 AWP Conference in Washington, D.C., Barrie moderated and presented on the panel "Bodies Politic" and spoke on the panel "Interviewing in My Underwear: Adventures as a Female Memoirist." She also attended a board meeting at AWP for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, which has made news with their release of "The Count," a web post on gender disparities in literary publishing.

    In January 2011 at the Modern Language Association Conference in Los Angeles, Barrie presented on the panel "Roundtable on the Currency of the Category of Creative Nonfiction," and in November 2010 at the NonfictioNOW Conference, she presented on two panels: "The Wildness Suite" and "What's in a Genre? States of the Art of the Essay."

    Read more about her work on Barrie's Personal Website.

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