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Save the Date: BLR Spring Reading on March 25

Lauren Schmidt

March 25, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012, 5pm
Bellevue Hospital - Rotunda
462 First Avenue at 28th St
New York City

Readers, writers, and lovers of literature alike in the New York area, we hope you will join us on March 25th for a reading of poetry and prose in celebration of BLR's forthcoming Spring issue. Featured readers will include contributors to the Spring 2012 issue: Lauren Schmidt (winner of the 2012 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry), Sally Lipton Derringer, Naomi Lore, and Ilya Lyashevsky. The reading will take place at Bellevue Hospital, one of the most unique venues for great literature in New York City.


Lauren Schmidt’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Progressive, Alaska Quarterly Review, New York Quarterly, Rattle, Nimrod, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and other journals. Her work has been selected as a finalist for the 2008 and 2009 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Intro to Journals Project, and the Dancing Girl Press Chapbook Contest. Her awards include the So to Speak Poetry Prize and the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor. Schmidt’s chapbook, The Voodoo Doll Parade (Main Street Rag), was selected as part of the 2011 Author’s Choice Chapbooks Series. Her first full-length collection, Psalms of the Dining Room (Wipf & Stock) is forthcoming.

Sally Lipton Derringer is a creative writing instructor and manuscript consultant whose book manuscript was a finalist for Fordham University’s Poets Out Loud Prize and the New Issues Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, the Los Angeles Review, the Prose-Poem Project, Memoir (and), SLAB, the Quarterly, the New York Quarterly, Tampa Review, and other journals and anthologies. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University and currently teaches at Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack, New York.

Naomi Lore is a writer and artist based in New York City. She was the 2008 Tomaselli Award winner for Poetry at SUNY New Paltz, where she completed her minor in Creative Writing. Previous work has made finals in the 2010 Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry contest, as well as the 2011 manuscript contest for Writebloody publishing. Other nonfiction has appeared in the anthology, “In Search of…” published by Codhill Press (2011).

Ilya Lyashevsky works at Electric Literature, a literary quarterly, and at Broadcastr, a startup building a location-based storytelling platform. His work has appeared or is slated to appear in Epiphany, Controlled Burn, Independent Ink Magazine, The Outlet, Storied, and Foliate Oak. He lives in Brooklyn.

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