BLR Spring Celebration: 2021 Prizewinners

Join us as we celebrate the publication of Issue 40 of Bellevue Literary Review (BLR), with exciting new works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, freshly picked for spring!  Our 2021 prizewinners—Galen Schram, Amy V. Blakemore, and Saleem Hue Penny—will read excerpts from their winning works and be in conversation with BLR‘s editors.

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Galen Schram’s story, “Tattoos,” won BLR‘s Goldenberg Prize for Fiction (selected by Dan Chaon)

Galen Schram is a hospital-based physical therapist at NYU Langone Health in New York City and specializes in cancer rehab. He is an aspiring writer, and a student of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. He lives in Queens with his partner and their dog, Appa.

Amy V. Blakemore’s essay, “The Tapeworm,” won BLR‘s Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction (selected by Sandeep Jauhar)

Amy V. Blakemore has published in Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, PANK, and Wigleaf. She’s received support from the Fine Arts Work Center and AWP. She’s at work on her first novel–a horror story about girlhood–and an essay collection on anorexia, bisexuality, and media.

Saleem Hue Penny’s poem, “Never the Less,” won BLR‘s Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry (selected by Jen Bervin)

Saleem Hue Penny is a Black ‘rural hip-hop blues’ poet with a vestibular disorder and single-sided deafness. He explores how young people of color traverse wild spaces and define freedom. Saleem is a Cave Canem fellow and dedicates his poem in memory of Rosetta Olethea Harmon Penny.


BLR (Bellevue Literary Review) is an independent literary journal that probes the nuances of our lives both in illness and health. BLR publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that brings together the perspectives of patients, caregivers, family members, students, healthcare professionals, and the general public. BLR is committed to seeking a diversity of voices from all communities and all walks of life.

The first literary journal to arise from a medical setting, BLR has published two print volumes of literature annually since 2001. As a literary arts organization, BLR offers a wide range of events at the intersection of the arts and the sciences.











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Join us as we celebrate the publication of Issue 40 of Bellevue Literary Review (BLR), with exciting new works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, freshly picked for spring!  Our 2021 prizewinners—Galen Schram, Amy V. Blakemore, and Saleem Hue Penny—will read excerpts from their winning works and be in conversation with BLR‘s editors.

Free. RSVP for event link.

Galen Schram’s story, “Tattoos,” won BLR‘s Goldenberg Prize for Fiction (selected by Dan Chaon)

Galen Schram is a hospital-based physical therapist at NYU Langone Health in New York City and specializes in cancer rehab. He is an aspiring writer, and a student of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. He lives in Queens with his partner and their dog, Appa.

Amy V. Blakemore’s essay, “The Tapeworm,” won BLR‘s Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction (selected by Sandeep Jauhar)

Amy V. Blakemore has published in Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, PANK, and Wigleaf. She’s received support from the Fine Arts Work Center and AWP. She’s at work on her first novel–a horror story about girlhood–and an essay collection on anorexia, bisexuality, and media.

Saleem Hue Penny’s poem, “Never the Less,” won BLR‘s Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry (selected by Jen Bervin)

Saleem Hue Penny is a Black ‘rural hip-hop blues’ poet with a vestibular disorder and single-sided deafness. He explores how young people of color traverse wild spaces and define freedom. Saleem is a Cave Canem fellow and dedicates his poem in memory of Rosetta Olethea Harmon Penny.


BLR (Bellevue Literary Review) is an independent literary journal that probes the nuances of our lives both in illness and health. BLR publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that brings together the perspectives of patients, caregivers, family members, students, healthcare professionals, and the general public. BLR is committed to seeking a diversity of voices from all communities and all walks of life.

The first literary journal to arise from a medical setting, BLR has published two print volumes of literature annually since 2001. As a literary arts organization, BLR offers a wide range of events at the intersection of the arts and the sciences.

Buy tickets/get more info now