BLR Benefit: The Power of the Pen

Bellevue Literary Review (BLR) is celebrating the Power of the Pen on December 6, 2022, Join us for this virtual BLR Benefit as we explore how writing can transform healing.

This year’s benefit will feature Kali Fajardo-Anstine and Lilliam Rivera, whose writing careers have soared since their BLR publications. We will also welcome Marie Myung-Ok Lee and Edgar Gomez, judges for the upcoming BLR Literary Prizes. All four authors will share 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 will feature doctors, nurses, and writers who use their pen to grapple with healing for their patients and for themselves–Perri Klass, Louise Aronson, Theresa Brown, Esther Choo, 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.

Join BLR editors and co-hosts Danielle Ofri and Saleem Hue Penny for this virtual benefit on Tuesday, December 6th at 7 p.m. EST. We invite you to support Bellevue Literary Review as we champion the poets and writers who transform healing.

Tickets are free, but we hope you’ll consider a ticket that includes a donation to BLR.  Your support allows us to pay our writers for their work and to get the journal into hands of readers.

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