Editorial Staff

Danielle Ofri

Editor-in-Chief: Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD,DLitt (Hon) Danielle Ofri is associate professor of medicine at New York University, and practices medicine and teaches at Bellevue Hospital. Ofri's newest book is What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine. She is also the author of Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue and Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine, as well as Medicine in Translation. Her essays have been included in Best American Essays 2002 and 2005, and in Best American Science Writing 2003. Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times. Her essays have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of the 2005 McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association for "preeminent contributions to medical communication." www.danielleofri.com


Ronna WinebergSenior Fiction Editor: Ronna Wineberg, JD, earned a BA from the University of Michigan and JD from the University of Denver. She is the author of Second Language, a collection of short stories. The book is the winner of the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition and was published in 2005. It was awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for Books for Excellence in Independent Publishing. Her stories have appeared in American Way, Berkeley Fiction Review, Colorado Review, Laurel Review, So To Speak, South Dakota Review, Sou’wester, Zone 3, and other literary journals. Her work has twice been a Finalist in the Moment Magazine Short Story Contest, a Finalist for the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. Wineberg’s essays have appeared in DAUGHTERS, Ethics in Criminal Justice (Wyndam Hall Press), River Oak Review, Steam Ticket, The Tennessean, and Writers on the Job (Hopewell Publications). She has been awarded a scholarship in Fiction to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. She has taught writing at New York University and elsewhere, and she is the founding fiction editor of the BLR. Wineberg is the recipient of a 2004 fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her website is RonnaWineberg.com


Jerome LowensteinSenior Nonfiction Editor: Jerome Lowenstein, MD is professor of medicine and former Chief of the Nephrology Division at New York University School of Medicine. He is the author of Henderson's Equation and The Midnight Meal and Other Essays About Doctors, Patients, and Medicine (New and Expanded Edition, University of Michigan Press, 2005) which tells stories about relationships between medical students and teachers, physicians and colleagues, and physicians and patients. He asks whether one can teach compassion, and examines the thesis that the brain has a "module" to process information presented in narrative form. He is Co-Director of The Patient Narrative, a program in which first-year medical students interview patients and write reflective essays. He is the recipient of the 2005 Davies Award from the American College of Physicians, recognizing his scholarly work in the humanities. Lowenstein is the Publisher of the Bellevue Literary Press.


Suzanne McConnellFiction Editor: Suzanne McConnell holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Provincetown Arts,The Huffington Post, The Hamilton Stone Review, The Saint’s Ann’s Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Calyx, Green Mountains Review, The Little Magazine, Kalliope, The Fiddlehead, Personal Fiction Writing, Poets & Writers, Cape Women, A Sense of Place,and Discovery Channel Publishing’s Travel Series, among other venues.  She has been awarded residencies at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.  She teaches fiction writing at Hunter College, and will be the 2010 Scholar/Facilitator for the Literature and Medicine Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the VA Hospital of Lyons NJ. An excerpt from her first novel won Second Prize in So To Speak's '08 Fiction Contest, and the novel, Fence of Earth, a finalist for the James Fellowship for Novel in Progress, is now available for publication. Her website is www.suzannemcconnell.com

Jason Schneiderman (Photo Credit: Star Black)

Poetry Editor: Jason Schneiderman is the author of Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books, and Striking Surface, winner of the 2009 Richard Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004. He directs the Writing Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. (Photo credit: Star Black)

 Stacy Bodziak

Managing Editor: Stacy Bodziak holds a BA in English Literature and Psychology from New York University, and an MA in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.


David Oshinsky

Publisher: David Oshinsky, PhD, is the director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine and a professor in the NYU Department of History. Previously, Dr. Oshinsky was at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received the university’s Raymond Dickson Centennial Teaching Award. He graduated from Cornell University and obtained his PhD from Brandeis University.

An accomplished writer and American historian, his books include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which won the Hardeman Prize for the best book about the U.S. Congress, and Worse Than Slavery, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for distinguished contribution to human rights. His latest book, Polio: An American Story, won both the Pulitzer Prize in History and the Hoover Presidential Book Award. In 2009, PBS aired a documentary based upon this work, "The Polio Crusade," and he received the Dean's Medal from the Bloomberg-Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for his distinguished contributions to the field. His articles and reviews appear regularly in the New York Times and other national publications.




Founding Publisher: Martin J. Blaser, MD
Founding Poetry Editors: Donna Baier Stein, Roxanna Font
Founding Copy Editor: Doris H. Milman, MD
Poetry Editors: Corie Feiner, Frances Richey 

Editorial Board:

Felice Aull Lois Lowenstein
Carol Berman Marion Nestle
Martin J. Blaser
Ruth Oratz
Rafael Campo Michael Pillinger
Rita Charon Claudia S. Plottel
Jack Coulehan Norman A. Posner
Tony Dajer Oliver Sacks
Stuart Dickerman     Richard Selzer
Kate Falvey Marc Siegel
Elizabeth Howard Abraham Verghese
Perri Klass Gerald Weissmann
Itzhak Kronzon David Zimmerman
Barron Lerner
Abigail Zuger
George Lipkin  
Lin Lombardi  

Department Administrator: Katherine Wesnousky
Development Director: Sara Chambers
Intern: Olivia Wetzel