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Spring Reading: May 18th at Bellevue

May 18, 2014

We hope you will join us on May 18th for a reading of poetry and prose in celebration of BLR's Spring issue. The reading will take place at Bellevue Hospital, one of the most unique venues for great literature in New York City.

Sunday, May 18th, 2014 - 5pm
Bellevue Hospital - Rotunda (1st Avenue at 28th Street, NYC)
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Helen Benedict (pictured) is a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the author of six novels and five books of non-fiction. Her latest novel, Sand Queen, is about two women on opposite sides of the Iraq War, and her last non-fiction book was The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. She is also the author of a play, The Lonely Soldier Monologues, which was produced in New York and is currently due to be performed at The History Theater in St. Paul, MN and in London, England. In 2013, Benedict was granted the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism and named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st. Century by Women’s eNews . Her books and numerous articles on women in the military have won the Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Ken Book Award, and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Benedict’s writings inspired an ongoing class action suit against the Pentagon on behalf of women and men who were sexually assaulted in the military, and also inspired the Oscar-nominated documentary The Invisible War, in which she appears. Benedict has testified twice to Congress on behalf of women veterans, consulted for Women, War & Peace series on PBS 2011, and is featured in two documentaries on women at war. www.helenbenedict.com

Rachel Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. Her most recent books are Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry (Paul Dry Books, 2011) and The Golden Road (Northwestern University Press, 2012). www.rachelhadas.com

Sean Kevin Campbell has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida. He works in digital communications for Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, blogs for Electric Literature, and writes book reviews for Kirkus. He writes and lives in Brooklyn.

BLR Poetry Editor Jason Schneiderman will also read selections of poetry from our new issue.