For this event, local author Barrie Jean Borich will be joined by award-winning poet and essayist Julie Marie Wade for a cross-genre reading exploring queerness, bodies, and place. Barrie Jean Borich is the author of Body Geographic, winner of a Lambda Literary Award and an IPPY Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction. Her previous book, My Lesbian Husband, won the ALA Stonewall Book Award in nonfiction. Borich is an associate professor at DePaul University in Chicago where she edits Slag Glass City, a digital nonfiction journal of the urban essay arts. he’s working on a book-length essay called Oh, What A Beautiful City, about urban joy, remembering and remaking in the postindustrial metropolis, and riding her bicycle on the mean streets of Chicago. Julie Marie Wade is the author of eight collections of poetry and prose, most recently Catechism: A Love Story and When I Was Straight: Poems. Her first lyric essay collection, Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, and her forthcoming collection of poems, SIX, was selected by C.D. Wright as the winner of the AROHO/ To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize. Wade teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University and reviews regularly for The Rumpus and Lambda Literary Review.