Bellevue Literary Review

Bellevue Literary Review Bellevue Literary Review is a unique literary magazine that publishes poetry and prose that touches on illness, health, and healing.

"So much of medicine is about stories—the ones we hear, the ones we tell, the ones we participate in—that it is no a...
07/31/2019
Storytelling in Medicine: the Passion and the Peril - Danielle Ofri

"So much of medicine is about stories—the ones we hear, the ones we tell, the ones we participate in—that it is no accident that doctors and nurses are attracted to stories. "

A great read from our editor-in-chief, Danielle Ofri

So much of medicine is about stories—the ones we hear, the ones we tell, the ones we participate in—that it is no accident that doctors and nurses are attracted to stories.

Years ago we were gifted this lovely broadside featuring "The Nurse's Pockets" by Cortney Davis, which now hangs in a ne...
07/30/2019

Years ago we were gifted this lovely broadside featuring "The Nurse's Pockets" by Cortney Davis, which now hangs in a nearby conference room in Bellevue, so students, physicians, and nurses can enjoy it.

Mr. Bones catching up with the latest issue of BLR... (one of the benefits of having a physician -- with a sense of humo...
07/29/2019

Mr. Bones catching up with the latest issue of BLR... (one of the benefits of having a physician -- with a sense of humor and eye for composition! -- as editor-in-chief)

"These lines, perhaps practiced for a school play, had slumbered deep for years, but now, when his own words faltered, t...
07/26/2019
Opinion | The Bard on the Ward

"These lines, perhaps practiced for a school play, had slumbered deep for years, but now, when his own words faltered, this soliloquy rose to express his anguish and confusion. It was a cry to be heard as a human being, and I was on call to hear him."

The Bard on the Ward

‘It’s more nonsense,’ the nurse said of the terminal patient’s scrawled words. They were from ‘Macbeth.’

‘Where is it that we are?’ A poet conjures a journey along the waters of the afterlife | Aeon Videos
07/18/2019
‘Where is it that we are?’ A poet conjures a journey along the waters of the afterlife | Aeon Videos

‘Where is it that we are?’ A poet conjures a journey along the waters of the afterlife | Aeon Videos

The short film The River evocatively adapts the US spoken-word poet Anis Mojgani's performance of 'To Where the Trees Grow Tall' from his book In the Pockets of Small Gods (2018). Mojgani invokes a surreal scene of confusion, mystery and casual conversations between newly deceased strangers in a pie...

Why We Write Memoir: A Reading List
07/16/2019
Why We Write Memoir: A Reading List

Why We Write Memoir: A Reading List

“I have spent innumerable afternoon hours with the essays below, each writer’s words a lifeline pulling me from the deep.”

Interested in using BLR in your class or book club? Take a look at our reading guides, available free online. Here is a ...
07/10/2019

Interested in using BLR in your class or book club? Take a look at our reading guides, available free online. Here is a peek at the guide for our "Reconstructions: The Art of Memory" issue: https://blr.med.nyu.edu/study_guides/memory

PEN America's Emerging Voices Fellowship provides five emerging writers with the tools to launch a professional writing ...
07/08/2019

PEN America's Emerging Voices Fellowship provides five emerging writers with the tools to launch a professional writing career and enter the literary community. Learn more at https://pen.org/emerging-voices-fellowship

TODAY is the last day to submit to the BLR Prizes! Send us your story / essay / poem about illness, health, healing. $10...
07/08/2019
Bellevue Literary Review Submission Manager

TODAY is the last day to submit to the BLR Prizes! Send us your story / essay / poem about illness, health, healing. $1000 prize + publication.

Judges are: Bryan Washington (fiction), Sheri Fink (nonfiction), DéLana R.A. Dameron (poetry)

More details & submit: https://bellevueliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit

#fiction #essays #creativenonfiction #nonfiction #poetry #medhum #narrativemedicine

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review.   We are open to both general submissions and submissions to the annual BLR Prizes through July 1st. Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, judged by Bryan Washington  Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, judged by Sheri Fink Marica...

Writers: the BLR Prizes are open through July 8th! Submit your story / essay / poem about illness, health, healing. $100...
07/05/2019
Bellevue Literary Review Submission Manager

Writers: the BLR Prizes are open through July 8th! Submit your story / essay / poem about illness, health, healing. $1000 prize + publication. More details & submit here:

https://bellevueliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review.   We are open to both general submissions and submissions to the annual BLR Prizes through July 1st. Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, judged by Bryan Washington  Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, judged by Sheri Fink Marica...

Today's read: "Songs from the Black Chair" by Charles Barber, an essay from deep in the BLR archive that ends with a dis...
07/03/2019

Today's read: "Songs from the Black Chair" by Charles Barber, an essay from deep in the BLR archive that ends with a display of fireworks and on an unexpectedly hopeful note. This was the first BLR piece to win a Pushcart Prize

https://blr.med.nyu.edu/content/archive/2004/blackchair

Today's poem: DUSK IN DUPONT CIRCLE by Martha Addy Young, honorable mention winner in BLR's 2019 Marica and Jan Vilcek P...
07/02/2019

Today's poem: DUSK IN DUPONT CIRCLE by Martha Addy Young, honorable mention winner in BLR's 2019 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, and appearing in our latest issue
(https://blr.med.nyu.edu/content/current)

The deadline to submit to the BLR Prizes has been extended through Monday, July 8! First prize $1,000 / honorable mentio...
07/01/2019

The deadline to submit to the BLR Prizes has been extended through Monday, July 8!

First prize $1,000 / honorable mention $250 (+ publication).
Judges: Bryan Washington (fiction), Sheri Fink (nonfiction), DeLana R.A. Dameron (poetry) Learn more & submit:
https://bellevueliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit

Writers! Just a few more days to submit to BLR before we close to submissions over July & August (more to catch up on re...
06/28/2019
Bellevue Literary Review Submission Manager

Writers! Just a few more days to submit to BLR before we close to submissions over July & August (more to catch up on reading them than to actually take a break!)

Get your submissions (contest or general) in by the end of the day on July 1st...

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review.   We are currently open to both general submissions and submissions to the annual BLR Prizes. Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, judged by Bryan Washington  Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, judged by Sheri Fink Marica and Ja...

Thanks to our talented readers -- Jennifer Wolkin, Aimee Herman, and Pamela Hull -- we had a lovely reading last night a...
06/27/2019

Thanks to our talented readers -- Jennifer Wolkin, Aimee Herman, and Pamela Hull -- we had a lovely reading last night at Bellevue Hospital. Thanks to all who joined us!

(L-R: BLR editors Ronna Wineberg, Suzanne McConnell, Stacy Bodziak; readers Pamela Hull, Jennifer Wolkin, Aimee Herman; BLR editor Danielle Ofri )

Join us today at 6pm for a reading to celebrate our latest issue!  Free & open to the public -- bring a friend to hear p...
06/26/2019

Join us today at 6pm for a reading to celebrate our latest issue!

Free & open to the public -- bring a friend to hear poetry and prose in one of the most unique venues for literature in NYC, Bellevue Hospital.

The deadline to submit to the BLR Prizes is coming up quickly (July 1st!)$1,000 first-prize / $250 honorable mentionPubl...
06/26/2019

The deadline to submit to the BLR Prizes is coming up quickly (July 1st!)

$1,000 first-prize / $250 honorable mention
Publication in the Spring 2020 issue of BLR

Judges:
Bryan Washington (fiction)
Sheri Fink (nonfiction)
DéLana R.A. Dameron (poetry)

https://bellevueliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit

Join us TOMORROW, June 26 @ 6pm at Bellevue Hospital, for an evening of poetry & prose to celebrate our new issue!  Read...
06/25/2019

Join us TOMORROW, June 26 @ 6pm at Bellevue Hospital, for an evening of poetry & prose to celebrate our new issue!

Readers include Aimee Herman, Pamela Hull, and Jennifer Wolkin, plus our editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri.

Free & open to the public. Bring a friend!

We were thrilled to feature artwork by the talented Pamela Sztybel on our latest issue.  Here she is with the issue, out...
06/24/2019

We were thrilled to feature artwork by the talented Pamela Sztybel on our latest issue. Here she is with the issue, out in the sun where her flowers belong! (Follow her on IG: https://www.instagram.com/pamelasztybel/ )

From our new issue: "Show & Tell" by Jennifer Wolkin Join us at Bellevue Hospital next Wednesday, June 26, at 6pm to hea...
06/19/2019

From our new issue: "Show & Tell" by Jennifer Wolkin

Join us at Bellevue Hospital next Wednesday, June 26, at 6pm to hear Jennifer read this poem and others, along with readings from Aimee Herman, Pamela Hull, and our editor Danielle Ofri

https://t.co/THJaHMBkBi

Today's to-do list: submit that story/essay/poem you've been meaning to send to BLR! We're accepting contest and general...
06/18/2019
Bellevue Literary Review Submission Manager

Today's to-do list: submit that story/essay/poem you've been meaning to send to BLR!

We're accepting contest and general submissions through July 1st, which is now less than 2 weeks away....

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Bellevue Literary Review.   We are currently open to both general submissions and submissions to the annual BLR Prizes. Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, judged by Bryan Washington  Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, judged by Sheri Fink Marica and Ja...

"How Poetry Heals Us," a TEDx talk by Rafael Campo
06/18/2019
How Poetry Heals Us | TEDxCambridge

"How Poetry Heals Us," a TEDx talk by Rafael Campo

People living with illness increasingly feel isolated and unheard, while doctors suffer from empathy erosion and burnout. Join Harvard Medical School professor and poet Rafael Campo on a moving journey through stories of opioid addiction, AIDS, and cancer that reveal the extraordinary power of our v...

Aimee Herman will be reading her BLR poem, "archived and bodily," along with other work at our reading next week.  Here'...
06/18/2019

Aimee Herman will be reading her BLR poem, "archived and bodily," along with other work at our reading next week. Here's a peek at her poem from our new issue -- come out next Wednesday to hear more!

Wednesday, June 26 @ 6pm
Bellevue Hospital - Rotunda Area
462 First Ave, NYC
Free & open to the public

Join us next Wednesday, June 26, @ 6pm for an evening of poetry & prose at Bellevue Hospital. Readers include Aimee Herm...
06/17/2019

Join us next Wednesday, June 26, @ 6pm for an evening of poetry & prose at Bellevue Hospital. Readers include Aimee Herman, Pamela Hull, Jennifer Wolkin, and our editor, Danielle Ofri.

Free & open to the public

Poem: Ode to My Father’s Failed Heart
06/14/2019
Poem: Ode to My Father’s Failed Heart

Poem: Ode to My Father’s Failed Heart

An examination of the defective organ yields no easy platitudes about love in this Father’s Day card with a twist.

"Poetry is not the easiest sell on the medical wards. Even after years of offering poetry to my residents, I still exper...
06/13/2019
The Poetry Ward by Danielle Ofri

"Poetry is not the easiest sell on the medical wards. Even after years of offering poetry to my residents, I still experience a momentary lapse of confidence every time. Will they think I am certifiable? Will they deign to cut me one iota of slack, understanding the calculus that every minute 'wasted' translates directly to one minute less of sleep? Will I be branded one of 'those' attendings, the kind not sporting quite enough clinical tomatoes in their cerebral salad?"

Worth revisiting in the Poetry Foundation archive is "The Poetry Ward" by our editor-in-chief, Danielle Ofri.

A doctor dispenses poems to patients and medical students.

A walk down memory lane: Rafael Campo at our inaugural reading, way back in 2001.  #tbt (If you are in NYC, join us at B...
06/13/2019

A walk down memory lane: Rafael Campo at our inaugural reading, way back in 2001. #tbt

(If you are in NYC, join us at Bellevue Hospital on June 26 @ 6pm for a reading to celebrate our new issue: https://www.facebook.com/events/364327437553042/)

A sneak peek at our new issue: "Family Physician," a poem by Li Yun Alvarado
06/11/2019

A sneak peek at our new issue:
"Family Physician," a poem by Li Yun Alvarado

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