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

 BLR@20 Festival: Celebrating BLR’s 20th Anniversary. 

Join Bellevue Literary Review and Medscape for a conversation with Abraham Verghese, Eric Topol and Danielle Ofri about the role of writing during the Covid pandemic. Social media took on a critical role during the pandemic for sharing scientific and medical information. It was also a lifeline for patients and families. Additionally, the pandemic generated a profusion of deeply moving personal writings. This program is a tribute to the resilience of healthcare workers and patients, and how the pandemic inspired so many to pick up the pen. 

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Abraham Verghese, MD, is professor and vice chair of medicine at Stanford. He is also a best-selling author of “Cutting for Stone,” “My Own Country,” and “The Tennis Partner. He received the Heinz Award in 2014 and was awarded the National Humanities Medal, presented by President Barack Obama, in 2015. Facebook page


Eric Topol, MD is a cardiologist and founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. He is also editor-in-chief of Medscape. His Twitter account, @EricTopol, has been considered one of the most reliable sources of information about Covid. His most recent book is “Deep Medicine.”


Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, is a primary care doctor at Bellevue Hospital, and editor-in-chief of BLR. She is a clinical professor of medicine at NYU and wrote about Bellevue’s experience during the pandemic for the New Yorker magazine. Her newest book is “When We Do Harm, A Doctor Confronts Medical Error.”