Monthly Archives: April 2009

JB piece in NYT: "Maddy Might Just Work"

My story in the New York Times is up and online. The title they gave it is either, “Maddy Just Might Work,” or “The Other Side of My Boyhood.” The actual title is “The Sleepwalker.” More on this piece is in the post directly below. In the meantime, here’s the beginning of the story as […]

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"The Book of Dads": & JB in NYT this Sunday, 4/26

An excerpt of mine from the forthcoming anthology, “The Book of Dads” appears in this Sunday’s New York Times. The Styles section runs a weekly column called “Modern Love,” and this week they’re running “The Sleepwalker,” which is about fathers, sons, daughters, and how being trans affects our families. It’s not the first time a […]

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Us on Oprah

The Boylans appeared on Oprah today, “Most Memorable Guests.” You can read the online account of the appearance here. The main thing is that my kids spoke: they wanted to advocate on behalf of families like ours, and other children like them. They did great– as did Deedie/Grace, who shone. You can draw your own […]

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18 Again

I’m back from a swing through Connecticut, which took me to Yale on Thursday, and back to my alma mater, Wesleyan University, on Friday. The reading at Yale University’s Sterling library was a good and interesting event for me. Instead of my standard readings (usually stuff from SNoT or ILTY), I read a new and […]

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Why the Amazon de-ranking of GLBT books Matters

The online universe is alive this morning with news of’s move to remove sales ranks from so called “adult” themed books. This seems to mean gay and lesbian books, specifically. By the time you read this, this may all well be old news; my bunions tell me Amazon is going to fix this issue […]

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Us on Oprah, again.

Today the Boylan family will tape, via Skype, a couple of segments for an upcoming Oprah Winfrey Show. This is an “update” show that will air either in May, or the summer. The agreement with Harpo asks that we not particularly talk about the show much at this point, but we’re hopeful it will go […]

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Photos from "My Avatar"

Some photos from the My Avatar performance at Town Hall in Seattle. Photos by the sponsor, Richard Hugo House. Below you will see: Jennifer Finney Boylan with a remote mike; the Maldives playing live; the three writers: Vikram Chandra, Christa Bell, and Jenny B.; a nice one of my old friend Vikram (who also appeared […]

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  • The Boylan Family, summer 2010

    DSC_0063 "You hang around our family, you learn all kinds of stuff."
  • Will Forte as Jennifer Finney Boylan on “Saturday Night Live”

    WiFo-Jennifer Finney Boylan-1
  • Jenny with Barbara Walters, December, 2008

  • Jenny atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin

    2036947979_34bfbec240 August, 2002.
  • Surrounded

    boylanWith President Clinton and Maine's Governor John Baldacci, fall 2006.
  • JFB and Edward Albee


    Edward had been my teacher at Johns Hopkins in the winter of 1986. He visited Colby in fall, 2007. As we took our leave of each other, he kissed me on both cheeks and said, "We have done well. You and I."

  • Jenny and her teacher, the great John Barth


    Jack was my professor at JHU when I did my thesis, back in the day. After many years, I can now confidently say I finally understand his definition of plot. Which is, of course, "the perturbation of an unstable homeostatic system and its catastrophic restoration to a new and complexified equilibrium."