A journal of humanity and human experience

2022 BLR Benefit

The Power of the Pen: How Writing Can Transform Healing
Join us on Tuesday, December 6 (online). Tickets are free!

Coming up next

BLR Book Talk: Sarah Ruhl in conversation with Danielle Ofri
Join us on Wednesday, January 18 (online)

As featured on NPR's Morning Edition

NPR’s Neda Ulaby reported on BLR‘s 20th Anniversary, featuring BLR Editor Danielle Ofri, along with author Celeste Ng. Long before Celeste Ng reached stratospheric popularity with Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere, she was a an emerging author, whose story “Girls, at Play” appeared in BLR and then won a Pushcart Prize.

Whiting Award Winner

BLR was awarded a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize for
“excellence in publishing, advocacy for writers, and a unique contribution to the strength of the overall literary community.”

BLR Off the Page


Off The Page: Luggage

Jason Schneiderman reads “Luggage,” a poem by Ted Kooser

The Great Imitator

I am a disease. My very existence poisons my father’s life.

Girls, at Play

This is how we play the game: pink means kissing; red means tongue.

The Funeral

Tonton Charles was not a great man. He had not led an inspirational life. In fact, he had spent little of it sober.

Off The Page: The Emperor of Blue Stone

Erin Cherry reads “The Emperor of Blue Stone,” a story by Frances Park

Still Life 

From the moment my friend George stepped from his loft to his death at the bottom of the building’s elevator shaft, there’s been one thing I can say I’ve known for sure—that love is dangerously overrated.

“Silence = Death”  

His worn-out T-shirt, black as/ mourning, black/ 
as countless deaths, surprises me

20th Anniversary Editorial Roundtable

In honor of BLR’s 20th anniversary, we’ve invited editors past and present to offer reflections on the BLR’s founding and its evolution over two decades of publishing.

Off The Page: Distribution

Jason Schneiderman reads “Distribution,” a poem by Jenny Qi

Praise & Recognition