Theme Issue on Recovery

Theme Issue on Recovery

From Sept 1 to Dec 31, we are accepting submissions for a special theme issue on Recovery.

From Homer and Euripides to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Tony Kushner, we have witnessed repeating cycles of destruction and recovery. Contemporary writers such as Claudia Rankine, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Bessel Vandercolk explore whether or not healing truly is borne out of suffering. The term recovery has become more dimensional than ever as we grapple with the fallout from medical disasters, environmental catastrophe, economic devastation and political upheaval. We continue to struggle with the insidiousness of institutional racism, the distrust of facts, the relentlessness of addiction, and the grief from so much loss in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Are we capable of bouncing back from our isolation? Can we recuperate from our depression and disunity? How will our children grow up in the wake of such upheaval? Is true “recovery” even achievable?

In short, we are trying to figure out how we’ll emerge from this mess. We are seeking poetry, fiction and nonfiction that grapple with these broad and urgent questions for a special issue of BLR devoted to recovery. We all need to read these writings. Especially now.

To submit, please indicate in your cover letter whether you are submitting for the theme issue. All submission guidelines are the same.