BLR Benefit

Bellevue Literary Review recently celebrated The Power of the Pen: How Writing Can Transform Healing. You can watch the video (above) and see what all the excitement’s about. You’ll get to meet the full gamut of the BLR friends, both 2-legged and 4-legged! 
This year’s benefit featured Kali Fajardo-Anstine and Lilliam Rivera, whose writing careers soared since their BLR publications. We also welcome dMarie Myung-Ok Lee and Edgar Gomez, judges for the upcoming BLR Literary Prizes. All four authors shared their newest books with us.
Don’t miss conversations with Edward Hirsch and Mark Vonnegut, plus a studio visit with Lauriston Avery, whose art graces the cover of BLR’s most recent issue. BLR’s benefit featured doctors, nurses and writers who use their pen to grapple with healing for their patients and for themselves–Louise Aronson, Theresa Brown, and Ofole Mgbako, plus artist Michael Natter.  
These past few years have brought human vulnerability to the forefront of our collective conscience and a recognition that the human spirit needs as much tending as the human body. For more than twenty years, BLR has been uniquely positioned at the nexus of healthcare and the arts—publishing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction about health, illness, and healing.  
Hosted by BLR editors Danielle Ofri  and Saleem Hue Penny. Special appearances from The Dogs of BLR (and maybe a guinea pig…)


Patrons  ($5000)

Bettina Klein
Robert Warshaw
The Oliver Sacks Foundation
Weill Consulting Group Foundation

Muses  ($2500)

Anyika Jordan
Lesmah Fraser
Lin Lombardi
Marit Vagstad
Michael Myers

Partners  ($1000)

Ashley McMullen
Danielle Ofri
Myrna Blyth

Advocates  ($500)

Gerard Kirwan
Lisa Messinger
Peter Acker
Ruth Oratz

Supporters  ($250)

Ann Sacher
Arlene Kossoff
Barrett Kashdan
David Ferris
Edward Ha
Elizabeth Crowell
Frances Perry Wilson
Frank Clark
Janet Akman
Joseph Becker
Joyce Lowinson
Kevin Loughlin
Margot Wizansky
Perri Klass

Friends  (Up to $250)

Alissa Minkin, Andrew Milano, Ann Russell, Anna Leahy, Anna Levendel, Anthony Grieco, Betsy Werthan, Carol & William Greilsheimer, Carrie Aaron, Catharine R. Stimpson, Charles Settles, Christine Goeschel, Cynthia Dahl, Diane Birnbaumer, Diane Kraynak, Dina Goren, Donna Marino, Elayne K. Mustalish, Eliza & Doug Chin, Erika Goldman, Farzon Nahvi, Felice Aull, Gary Lerner, Gene Morris, Gilbert Tauber, Iris Cohen, Jacob Appel, Jeffrey Lazar, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jennifer Pien, Jerome Lowenstein, Jerrold, Weiss, Jill, Kasner, Joan Baron, John Budin, Julia Lo, Kevin Scollan, Lauralee Leonard, Lisa Dabrow, Lorinda Klein, Lydia Kang, Madhusree Singh, Marcia Ofri, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, MaryAlice and Bill Houghton, Meredith Greene Megaw, Michelle Goldberg, Michael Myers, Michael Pillinger, Molly Harish, Monique Ferrell, Nila De La Rosa, Pamela Hull, Patti Heaps, Peter Tesler, Rachel Hadas, Randi Goldmann, Resa Lewiss, Richard Bronson, Richard Nachtigall, Robin Freedberg, Rosina Keren, Sander Mendelson, Saul Weiner, Susan Wyatt, Susan Carlson, Terri Wolf, Theresa Brown, Therese Wolpaw, Toni McLaurin, Tracy Ullman, Warren Wechsler, William Branch

“No human thing is more universal than illness, in all its permutations, and no literary publication holds more credibility on the subject than BLR.