BLR@20 Festival: celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bellevue Literary Review

Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday Dec 15 at 7 pm EST
BLR presents an event that brings together diverse perspectives at the intersection of arts and sciences. Join 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 as the panelists read a selection of their poems and discuss the convergence of poetry and medicine in their work and lives. This free virtual event will be moderated by BLR Poetry Editor Sarah M. Sala.
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Watch Our Previous Events!

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.