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Spring issue—featuring our 2017 Prizewinners—Now Available
March 10, 2017
Readers, the Spring issue is now available! Featuring the winners of the 2017 BLR prizes, plus stunning new work by Cara Bayles, Leila Chatti, Ann Keniston, Jay Kidd, Jen Siraganian, and many other talented writers, it is a beautiful collection of writing (if we do say so ourselves...) The issue also features striking cover art by Bo Joseph, and an interview with Bo Joseph by Matthew Weinstein, visual artist and critic.
Selected by Ha Jin for the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, C.J. Hribal’s short story, “Do I Look Sick To You? (Notes on How to Make Love to a Cancer Patient),” explores how a man continues to see his wife as a dynamic person as they maintain intimacy during her cancer treatment.
In “Of Mothers and Monkeys,” selected by Ariel Levy for the Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, Caitlin Kuehn considers her relationship to her mother during her mother’s illness, all while taking care of the research animals that are housed in the very same hospital.
Abe Louise Young’s “Poem for a Friend Growing Lighter and Lighter,” which was selected by Kazim Ali for the Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, narrates the relationship between an able-bodied speaker and a friend diagnosed with a brain tumor. Here, humor is hinged to gravity and we are offered insight into the emotional impact of a slow death.
The winner of the Daniel Liebowitz Prize for Student Writing is Jennifer M. Lynch’s “In Patient," a poem that offers up a reminder that in order to see humanity in others we must listen carefully.
Our honorable mentions winners are:
Fiction: “And It Is No Joke” by Conor Kelley
Nonfiction: “Jacket” by Jennifer Hildebrandt
Poetry: “In the absence of birdsong” by Michaela Coplen