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You can now order Issue 44, featuring the winners of the 2023 BLR Prizes and much more.
Reading the Body: Poetry & Dance on Recovery
Thursday, June 15 at 7 pm (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 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


Remembering Appleman

“If I can’t help your mother,” Appleman said to me, “then I’ll help you build some armor against her rages.” 

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.


William’s letter uses suicided as a verb / and really why not? The finite action // verb—without an introduction, unreduced by /
other verbs, other introductory phrases

The Father Shift

I was twenty-three years old the first time I saw my father wearing a dress.

The Shed

Each time something went missing—
the photo album of my first
year, postcard from a forgotten friend…

The Only Fat Man in Lascahobas

Georges, the owner of St. Gabriel’s Funeral Enterprise, is the only fat man in Lascahobas.

Patient Belongings

Belongings: The short-sleeved blouse,
its paisley rayon desperate
to breathe light in your form;
the comb that hungers
for the pull of your hair;
the wristwatch, clicking in stir,

Nursing & Writing Roundtable: Part III

In spite of the changes in literature and caregiving, there is no profession that I would choose over nursing.

Off The Page: The Barn

Jason Schneiderman reads “The Barn,” a poem by Thomas March

Praise & Recognition