Jane Borden

Bio & Press

Jane Borden is an author and culture journalist. She contributes regularly to the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, and Southern Living, among other outlets. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Garden & Gun, Modern Bride, and Longreads, among other outlets.

Her next book, “Cults Like US: How Doomsday Drives America” will be published in 2023 by One Signal, an imprint of Atria at Simon & Schuster.

Her first book, “I Totally Meant to Do That”, was published by Crown in March 2011. Vanity Fair called it “affectionate” and New York Magazine deemed it “lowbrow-brilliant.” The Brooklyn Paper announced Borden as “the new ‘It’ girl.”

Before all of that, she was a staff editor for seven years at Time Out New York, where she covered pop-culture and wellness.

Want to invite Jane to write for you, read, perform, teach a storytelling workshop, or be friends? Contact her at Instagram at @janeborden


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The Nashville Scene

“Open that door before Nashville’s burgeoning comedy scene beats it down”

The Nashville Scene – cover photo
The Nashville Scene – cover story

“Joke of the Week”

Time Out LA

“Slightly twisted sense of humor”

Charleston City Paper

“Best Comedy Collective: Corporate Juggernaut”

The Nashville Scene, Best of 2012

“Funny, epic tales”



Vanity Fair


New York Magazine

“Country mouse, meet city rat.”

Marie Claire

“Borden details her difficulties with humor.”

NY Daily News

“Part cautionary tale, part celebration, it establishes Borden as a worthy successor to Fredericksburg’s estimable Florence King.”

Richmond Times Dispatch

“What makes Borden so engaging is her ribald sense of humor and disarming sincerity.”

Baltimore City Newspaper

“They’re like those island species of birds that you can walk right up to, because they’ve never been taught to fear, because they’ve never had natural predators.”

Huffington Post

“Her humor relies less on gags than on situations.”

Wilmington StarNews

“Hilarious…When Borden laughs, she laughs with love.”

Durham Herald Sun

“Refreshingly, the one topic she avoids is love, which ironically makes her book easy to love.”

Bust Magazine

“Jane Borden is about to become the new “It” girl of Brooklyn literature.”

Brooklyn Paper

“The unusual amalgam makes for funny cultural explorations, and that’s what you get with her debut book.”


“A delicious dance between two vastly different cultures she hilariously chronicles…”


“I Totally Meant to Do That is a must-read for displaced Southerners everywhere.”

Garden & Gun

“TONY’s Comedy editor balances hip and home in her witty, autobiographical essays.”

Excerpt in Time Out New York

“fantastic…Every NY transplant should read it.”

The Apiary

“Borden’s powers of observation and sharp wit combine to create an informative slice of the sociological pie…highly recommended reading.”

Metro Magazine

“Borden has a gift for musicality and idiom.”

Dig Boston