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BLR and The Paige Fraser Foundation present an exploration of recovery through dance and poetry. Four acclaimed dancers create original works based on BLR poetry, set to music commissioned for this special event.
Author Abraham Verghese reads from his latest novel, The Covenant of Water, and discusses the influence of his medical profession, the craft of writing, and themes of time and generational change in a Q&A with the audience, moderated by BLR editor, Danielle Ofri.
BLR editor Danielle Ofri joins Jeremy Nobel, founder and president of the Foundation for Art and Healing, to screen three remarkable short films from the UnLonely Film Festival and talk with the creative teams behind these films.
A celebration of BLR‘s 44th issue and the winners of the 2023 BLR literary prizes. Featuring exciting new works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, plus interviews with our prizewinners by editors Scott Oglesby, Doris W. Cheng, and Abba Belgrave.
Marie Myung-Ok Lee—the acclaimed Korean-American writer—will join BLR editors Doris W. Cheng and Danielle Ofri for a fascinating conversation about medicine, immigration, rural America, North Korea, family, and history, and her new novel, The Evening Hero.
Medical student Jasmine Brown‘s debut book, Twice as Hard, establishes the powerful lineage of Black women doctors. Jasmine joined BLR Board Member Ashley McMullen and editor Danielle Ofri for an insightful conversation during Black History Month .
Acclaimed playwright and author Sarah Ruhl joins BLR editor Danielle Ofri for a special conversation about how she grappled with the paralysis of her face, life in theater, and her best-selling memoir, Smile.
BLR celebrated the Power of the Pen, our virtual benefit exploring how writing can transform healing.
Meet the writers and editors behind BLR’s special issue on ‘Recovery,’ with brand-new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry works.
BLR Poetry Editor Sarah M. Sala interviews Edward Hirsch—the celebrated poet, President of the Guggenheim Foundation, and tireless advocate for poetry. Recorded live in Brooklyn at the Center for Fiction.
A conversation with poet Phillip B. Williams and novelist Weike Wang, with special guests, playwright Sarah Ruhl and scientist/writer Joseph Osmundson. Moderated by BLR Editor-in-Chief Danielle Ofri and BLR Assistant Fiction Editor Doris W. Cheng. A collaboration of BLR and the Brooklyn Book Festival.
A conversation about the role of poetry, art and storytelling in preventing gun violence. A collaboration of BLR and the Northwell Health Center for Gun Violence Prevention
A celebration of BLR’s 42nd issue. Step into spring with exciting new works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry from the winners of the 2022 BLR Literary Prizes.
In BLR’s first-ever Book Talk event, best-selling author Delia Ephron joins BLR Board Member Perri Klass for a special conversation about her life, career, and new memoir, Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life.
A reflection on creativity in the face of a global pandemic, from both artists and healthcare workers who experienced it firsthand. Hosted by BLR Editor-in-Chief Danielle Ofri and BLR Board Member Ashley McMullen, featuring BLR authors Benjamin Kessler, Shanda McManus, Mallika Sekhar, and Haolun Xu. Presented in collaboration with the Gold Foundation.
BLR Editors Danielle Ofri and Abba Belgrave, along with BLR writers Sharon Pretti and Samuel Autman, explore the power of art to help both the ill and their health providers grapple with the medical and psychological challenges of illness. A collaboration of BLR and the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of New York.
Former cancer biologist and author Jenny Qi, Ph.D., physician-poet Dr. David Watts, poet and translator Patrick Donnelly, and “rural hip-hop blues” poet Saleem Hue Penny read a selection of their poems and discuss the convergence of poetry and medicine in their work and lives. Moderated by BLR Poetry Editor Sarah M. Sala.
BLR has turned 20! Featuring Jill Lepore, Abraham Verghese, Leslie Jamison, Michele Harper, Edward Hirsch and Lisa Sanders. Download the Gala Program Booklet.
A wonderful short documentary “Hal and Minter”—featuring BLR poet Hal Sirowitz—followed by a discussion with the creative team. A collaboration with Rattapallax Films, and the World Parkinson Coalition.
An award-winning documentary by Ken Browne, followed by a live conversation with the director, BLR‘s editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri, and fellow doctor-writers Rafael Campo and Jennifer Adaeze Owerekwu. To see film, please visit Ken Browne Productions.
An exploration of how writing can be a tool for confronting systemic racism in medicine. Co-hosted by BLR Nonfiction Editor Damon Tweedy, and BLR editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri. Presented in collaboration with the Gold Foundation. Featuring Michele Harper, Esther Choo, Ofole Mgbako and Kevin Gutierrez.
A conversation with Abraham Verghese, Eric Topol and Danielle Ofri about the role of writing during the Covid pandemic. Presented in collaboration with Medscape.
Meet the director and stars of the film Hope, Norway’s Oscar entrant. A special viewing of this critically acclaimed movie exploring how illness and family intersect. Presented in collaboration with the Film Forum.
An exhilarating blend of poetry and dance, inspired by the challenges and possibilities of disability. Presented in collaboration with the Paige Fraser Foundation.
A celebration of BLR’s 40th issue and the winners of the 2021 BLR Literary Prizes. Exciting new works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, freshly picked for spring!