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Spring issue now available!

March 09, 2012

The spring issue, featuring the winners of the 2012 BLR prizes, is now available!


The nonfiction winner, “The Crazy One” by Annita Sawyer, recounts an intensely delicate dinner conversation between two psychotherapists, each with a past. Judge Susan Orlean noted that Sawyer’s essay about “the self-consciousness of illness” was “admirably frank, vivid, and deeply revealing.”


The fiction winner, “Trotsky in the Bronx” by Harry W. Kopp, is a charming story of a Yiddish Writers Club and their brush with Bolshevik fame. This winning story was selected by judge Francine Prose.


The poetry prizewinner, “Portrait of My Parents Making Love as a Stomach Virus” by Lauren Schmidt, takes us from the vulnerable gruesomeness of witnessing the suffering of a young girl’s father to a transformative moment of tenderness. This winning poem was selected by judge Cornelius Eady.


There is a lot of amazing work to be found in this issue! You can order a copy and see a complete list of authors here.