A journal of humanity and human experience

Coming up in May

Join us for “Winning Words: A Reading with the 2022 BLR Prize Winners”
Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm EST

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.

BLR Off the Page


We the Mothers

We’re not saying our boys are angels, … we’re just saying that we the mothers didn’t need to teach our boys not to rape. 

Book Review: The Future of Us

A society that ignores the basic health care needs of its children “reflects a moral failure to value and respect the aspirations of children.”

The Tribulations of Uncle Ned

I knew years ago that the paternal gene was missing. I should not, would not, be relied on by other humans, especially small, defenseless ones

To See How the Snow Blanketed the Trees

To see how the snow blanketed the trees / along Taughannock Creek Road, I turned off / Route 96 this morning.

Our Eyes Were Watching Marcia

Television had always been a perfect distraction from our family’s drama and trauma, soothing us more than our Baptist faith.


Would that our breasts were like oysters/
Briny, lustrous. Maybe not filter feeders,


Aunt #1’s plastic toilet lid shifts under Manolo’s weight as he balances his left ankle on his right knee, careful so his leg doesn’t slide off his sweatpants.

Where Do Genetic Mutations Come From?

after the pink peonies die, their heads droop,/ petals begin their falling,

A Vehicular Situation

“Well, here’s the good Dr. Kaspar stuck out in a field in the middle of nowhere,” LeeAnn said.

Praise & Recognition