A journal of humanity and human experience

Coming up next

We are currently seeking applicants for the positions of Poetry Editor and Nonfiction Editor.
Subscribe now to and get our latest themed issue on Taking Care.
We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2024 BLR Literary Prizes! 

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 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

DISCOVER MORE

SUTHY Syndrome

I shit you not. Right in front of the elevator that spits you into our hospice, there is—get ready for this—a harpist. I mean, isn’t that like a teensy bit premature?

Love, We Never Get Too Far

You know / drowning is as much a predicament of time / as water.

Nursing & Writing Roundtable: Part I

The intersect of poetry and nursing has always fascinated me. Though I now identify more as a writer than a nurse, the skills I learned in nursing school have served me well as a writer

Bury the Lead

They say the sharks came early/
and stayed late, unwanted houseguests

Off The Page: Dear Grim Outlook

Deven Kolluri reads “Dear Grim Outlook,” a poem by Ethan Stebbins

Off The Page: Loss

Jason Schneiderman reads “Loss,” a poem by Susan O’Dell Underwood

Bones

Big leg bones/
of cows sawed/
into round sections

The Tender Roof

These things happen. There’s nothing
beautiful about it. She gave up her breasts

two years ago, but the cancer returned, pushing
through the sutures, the larval wasp consuming

Illness as Muse

It is not unusual, after I’ve given a poetry reading, for some impossibly young writer from the audience to remark over the post-literary pretzels and Diet Coke, “Wow, your stuff is really depressing.’’

Praise & Recognition