Upcoming Events

BLR Spring Reading 2024: Winning Words

Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 pm ET, Online

Join us for a celebration of BLR‘s 46th issue and the winners of the 2024 BLR literary prizes. Featuring exciting new works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, plus interviews with our prizewinners by editors Danielle Ofri, Doris W. Cheng, and Saleem Hue Penny.

Watch Our Previous Events!

BLR Studio Visit: An Evening of Art and Stories at L’Space Gallery

BLR and L’Space Gallery celebrate the launch of Issue 46 and its cover artist, Nicole Cohen. Featuring readings by Purvi Shah and Siobhan McKenna.

BLR at the Movies: Finding Humor and Humanity in the Final Act

BLR and Film Forum present Finding Humor and Humanity in the Final Act, a screening of the award-winning film Much Ado About Dying, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Simon Chambers and BLR Editor-in-Chief Danielle Ofri. In collaboration with Science on Screen.

BLR Book Talk: Tyriek White in Conversation with Danielle Ofri and the National Medical Association

A BLR and the National Medical Association event discussing grief, loss, and cultural transformation with ‘We Are A Haunting’ author and winner of the Center for Fiction’s 2023 First Novel Prize Tyriek White

A BLR Benefit – Narrative Arc: The Journey from Writer to Reader

Join Bellevue Literary Review for Narrative Arc: The Journey from Writer to Reader, celebrating the unique relationship between the writers who bring words to the page and the readers who receive them.

Taking Care: An Evening of Live Storytelling 

An evening of live storytelling. Intimate and  compelling live stories presented on stage, about the universal experience of caregiving. Live music from pianist Kwami T. Coleman. A collaboration with The Nocturnists.

BLR Fall Reading: The Art of Taking Care

An online event featuring authors Eric Raymond, Lucia Owen, and Stephanie Isan, featured in BLR‘s special issue on ‘Taking Care,” and editors Ronna Wineberg, Doris W. Cheng, Ronna Wineberg, and Danielle Ofri. Additional appearances by caregivers Sheila Johnson, Char S., and Melissa A. Martin. Presented in collaboration with AARP.

The Center for Fiction and BLR present Jayne Anne Phillips on Night Watch with Danielle Ofri 

The Center for Fiction and Bellevue Literary Review celebrate Jayne Anne Phillips’s (Black TicketsMachine Dreams) latest novel Night Watch, a mesmerizing story about a mother and daughter seeking refuge in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Reading the Body: Dialogues on Creativity and Healing

The premiere of our recently created film, Reading the Body: Poetry and Dance on Recovery.

Reading the Body: Poetry, Dance & Recovery

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.

BLR and the Center for Fiction Present Abraham Verghese on The Covenant of Water

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

(Serious) Fun with the UnLonely Film Festival

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.

Winning Words: A Reading with the 2023 BLR Prize Winners

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.

BLR Book Talk: Marie Myung-Ok Lee with Doris W. Cheng and Danielle Ofri

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.

BLR Book Talk: Jasmine Brown in Conversation with Ashley McMullen and Danielle Ofri

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 .

BLR Book Talk: Sarah Ruhl in Conversation with Danielle Ofri

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.

A BLR Benefit: The Power of the Pen

BLR celebrated the Power of the Pen, our virtual benefit exploring how writing can transform healing.

BLR Fall Reading: Writers on Recovery

Meet the writers and editors behind BLR’s special issue on ‘Recovery,’ with brand-new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry works.

A Conversation with Edward Hirsch

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.

Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event: Covid and the Creative Process

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.

Can Storytelling Prevent Gun Violence?

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 

Winning Words: A Reading with the 2022 BLR Prize Winners

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.

BLR Book Talk: Delia Ephron in Conversation with Perri Klass

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.

Covid: Primary Sources

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 KesslerShanda McManusMallika Sekhar, and Haolun Xu. Presented in collaboration with the Gold Foundation.

The Healing Power of Art – How Creativity and Beauty Help Cure the Ill

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.

How Words Can Heal: Celebrating the Intersection of Poetry and Medicine

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@20 Celebration 

BLR has turned 20!  Featuring Jill Lepore, Abraham Verghese, Leslie Jamison, Michele Harper, Edward Hirsch and Lisa Sanders. Download the Gala Program Booklet.

Poetry & Parkinson’s

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.

Why Doctors Write: Bringing Humanity Back to Healthcare

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.

Black in the Ivory: Writing Confronts Racism

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.

COVID Writing Goes Viral: How Literary and Social Media Writing Became a Lifeline during the Pandemic

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.

Reading the Body: Poetry, Dance & Disability

An exhilarating blend of poetry and dance, inspired by the challenges and possibilities of disability. Presented in collaboration with the Paige Fraser Foundation.

BLR Spring Celebration

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!

Live Events:

In-person and online events with authors, artists and thinkers.


Take a deep dive into the artistic process as BLR authors reveal their inner literary workings.

Off the Page:

Celebrate the powerful drama of the spoken word, bringing BLR literary works to life.


Explore today’s most challenging topics as BLR authors engage each other in frank roundtable conversations.