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BLR Book Talk: Poet Edward Hirsch in Conversation with Sarah M. Sala
Join us on Sunday, October 16, in person at The Center for Fiction in Brooklyn

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


Halfway to the Afterlife

I had come into the hospital as I came into the world—twitching, foaming, groaning. I was almost brain-dead, they said, yet here I was, good as reborn.


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

The Sleepy Beauties of Sound

For now it’s guesswork: a territory/
full of unmapped regions,


You opened this door. Forced it back/ 
on its hinges, drove in the thin wedge, saying/
“I may need to enter at a moment’s notice.”

Off The Page: In This Skin

Erin Cherry reads “In This Skin,” a story by Emma Pattee

if i die at thirty five

there will be/
no burial burn/
the body cancer/


Rachel Hall We tell our kids to give it their best shot before their big…

Kate Falvey’s Picks

Associate Editor

School Shooting

After today’s rain/
all that’s left/
of the planets/
green and pink

Praise & Recognition