BLR Team

Suzanne McConnell

Fiction Editor

Suzanne McConnell taught writing at Hunter College for thirty years. Her most recent book is “Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style” by Kurt Vonnegut and Suzanne McConnell.
Kate Falvey

Associate Editor

Kate Falvey teaches literature and writing at City Tech/CUNY. Her most recent poetry collection is “The Language of Little Girls.”
Abba Belgrave

Assistant Poetry Editor

Abba Belgrave is an avid writer based in Brooklyn. She is also a recent graduate of the Juniper Summer Writing Program at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Omotara James

Assistant Poetry Editor

Omotara James is a multidisciplinary artist, poet and editor, based out of New York City. Her debut poetry collection is "Song of My Softening."
Saleem Hue Penny

Assistant Poetry Editor

Saleem Hue Penny is a “rural hip-hop blues'' poet and Cave Canem Fellow with single-sided deafness, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, and Lowcountry roots. He's the 2021 Poetry Coalition Fellow at Zoeglossia.
Doris W. Cheng

Assistant Fiction Editor

Doris W. Cheng is an immigrant Taiwanese American writer. Her debut short fiction collection is “Earthling."
Melissa Pagnotta

Social Media Manager

Melissa is a Digital Marketer who's worked with entertainment brands like SundanceNow and Stand Up NY comedy club. In her free time she performs stand-up comedy.
Rosalind Aparicio-Ramirez

Editorial Assistant

Rosalind Aparicio-Ramirez is a nonfiction writer and multimedia artist. She is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Hunter College.
Amanda Chen

Editorial Assistant

Amanda Chen is a writer from California now based in New York City.

Board of Directors

Marit Vagstad


Marit Vagstad is the trade sales director for the Americas at Springer Nature. She is an avid reader and volunteer.
Ashley McMullen

Ashley McMullen is an assistant professor of medicine at UCSF. She is the host and producer of the Human Doctor podcast.
Perri Klass

Perri Klass is professor of journalism and pediatrics at NYU, and national medical director of Reach Out and Read. Her newest book is “A Good Time to Be Born."
Frank Clark

Frank Clark is a psychiatrist at Prisma Health and clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville.
Michael Myers

Michael Myers is a professor of psychiatry at SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY. His most recent book is “Becoming a Doctors' Doctor: A Memoir.”
Myrna Blyth

Myrna Blyth is Senior Vice President & Editorial Director at AARP Media. She is the author of four books.
Jodie Corngold

Jodie Corngold was the communications director for the National Hemophilia Foundation. She is a member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and a marathon runner.
Allie Nava

Allie Nava was an executive and writing coach at Amazon. She spent over two decades advising boards in the health and education sectors and is currently writing a novel
David W. Bloom

David W. Bloom is a management consultant who reads a lot and writes a little.
Helene Atwan

Helene Atwan is a publishing executive with extensive experience. She is currently a contributing editor at Beacon Press and an advisor to nonprofit literary organizations.

Advisory Board

Cori Baill
Rafael Campo
Rita Charon
Anne Fadiman
Simone Joseph
Ruth Oratz
Abraham Verghese
Jan Vilcek


Naila Butt
Catherine Sawoski
Lucy Seward


Felice Aull
Beth Aviv
Karen Beckermann
Madeleine Beckman
Nicholas Birns
Rose Bromberg
Theresa Brown
Joanne Chin
Alessa Colaianni
Antonio Dajer
Bonnie Jill Emanuel
Monique Ferrell
Ellen Foster
Chris Grilo
Monika Gupta
Rachel Hadas
Kathy Heintzman
Jacqueline Keer
Hani Khalil
Jack Lancaster
Ajay Major
Seth Michelson
Neha Pidatala
Flannery Rollins
Pamela Ryder
Fiona Salmon
Ann Savino
Michael Stanley
Ann Stoney
Tim Suermondt
Warren Wechsler
Laura Weiss
Judianne White
Jonathan Xu
Abigail Zuger

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