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Announcing the judges of the 2013 BLR Prizes: Mark Doty, Jane Smiley, and Mary Roach

January 05, 2012


We are excited to announce that the 2013 BLR Prizes will be judged by Mark Doty in poetry, Jane Smiley in fiction, and Mary Roach in nonfiction.


Mark Doty's eight books of poems include Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award in 2008. more...

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels including The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love and Good Will, and A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. more...

Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. more...

The annual BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.  The contest is open each year from February 1 - July 1.  Guidelines are available here.