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."
Kevin Hurtado

Development Manager

Kevin Hurtado has done fundraising for the Voting Rights Lab, Democracy Works, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Erin Breznitsky

Editorial Assistant

Erin Breznitsky is a Brooklyn-based playwright and theater artist. She holds a BA in writing from Susquehanna University and an MFA in theatre from Sarah Lawrence College.

Board of Directors

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."
Ashley McMullen

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

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

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

David Weill is the principal of Weill Consulting Group, and former medical director of the Stanford lung transplant program. He is the author of “Exhale: Hope, Healing, and a Life in Transplant.”
Vida Foubister

Vida Foubister is a journalist focused on healthcare equity. She is president of the Katonah Museum of Art Board of Trustees.
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.

Advisory Board

Cori Baill
Rafael Campo
Rita Charon
Jack Coulehan
Tony Dajer
Minda Gralnek
Elizabeth Howard
Simone Joseph
Barron Lerner
Ruth Oratz
Michael Pillinger
Abraham Verghese


Arushi Dogra


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