Exciting News About BLR Writers

We are pleased to announce new books by several authors who have appeared in BLR:

  • Andrew Merton's first book of poems, Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs (Accents Publishing, 2012), was named Outstanding Book of Poetry for 2013-2014 by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. His new book Lost and Found was recently released by Accents Publishing. Andrew's poem "A Widow at 93" appears in BLR V6N2 and was reprinted in The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review.
  • Eileen Cronin's essay "Breaking Point" appeared in our "Abilities and Disabilities" theme issue.  Now Cronin has published her memoir, Mermaid, called "an irresistibly engaging story of physical limitation, family conflict and personal triumph" by Phillip Lopate.
  • Maria Hummel's new novel, Motherland, is called "a deeply moving portrait of lives on the wrong side of history. This isn't just another World War II novel; it's a spectacular story about what it means to love and hope in the most difficult times." Maria's poems appear in the Fall 2010 issue.
  • Carolyn Moore's new collection of poetry, What Euclid's Third Axiom Neglects To Mention about Circles, is the winner of the 2013 White Pine Press Poetry Prize. Carolyn's poem "How to Housebreak a Shadow" appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of BLR.
  • Monica Wendel's new collection of poetry, No Apocalypse, is now available for pre-order. Monica's poem "Epistemology" appeared in BLR's 10th Anniversary issue, and her poem "Under the Wild Strawberries" appeared in BLR V12N2 (Fall 2012).
  • Rachel Hadas' new collection of poetry, The Golden Road, was recently reviewed in the New York Times. Link to Amazon Page
  • Karina Borowicz’s The Bees Are Waiting has won the Marick Press Poetry Prize and the Massachusetts Book Award for a Must-Read Book. Karina’s poem “Martin, 1918” appeared in our Fall 2009 issue. Link to Amazon Page
  • Hal Sirowitz's Stray Cat Blues is now available. Hal's poems have appeared in several issues of BLR, and include "Donation" from the Fall 2010 (V10N2) issue.
  • Hollis Seamon's new collection of short stories, Corporeality, will be available from Able Muse Press in January 2013. The book contains two stories originally published in the BLR: "SUTHY Syndrome" and "The Plagiarist" (a BLR Editors' Pick).
  • Jessica Greenbaum's The Two Yvonnes was named one of Library Journal's Best Books 2012: Poetry.  Jessica's poem "Perfume's Journey" appears in BLR's Spring 2008 issue and "The Use of Metaphor" appears in BLR's Fall 2010 issue.
  • Louise Aronson's story collection, A History of the Present Illness, is now available. Louise's story "Symptoms" appears in BLR V8N2 (Fall 2008).
  • Steven Schwartz's new story collection, Little Raw Souls, is now out from Autumn House Press. One of the stories included in the collection, "Opposite Ends of the World," originally appeared in BLR's Spring 2005 issue.
  • Kyle McCord's new book of poetry, Sympathy From the Devil, is now available. Kyle’s poems “The Ship of Fools Happens into Paradise” and “The Poem is Not the Anatomical Heart” appear in BLR’s 10th Anniversary issue (V11N2).
  • Amanda Auchter's second collection of poetry, The Wishing Tomb, is the 2012 winner of the Perugia Press Prize. Amanda's work has appeared in several issues of BLR and she was selected as the winner of BLR's Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry by Tony Hoagland in 2010. Read her poem "December 16, Six Years Later" in the BLR archive.
  • Joanna Pearson's Oldest Mortal Myth is the 2012 winner of the Donald Justice Prize and is now available from Story Line Press. Joanna's poem "Defect" appears in the collection and was originally published in BLR V9N2.
  • Ron Pies' new chapbook of medical-related poetry, The Heart Broken Open, is now available. Ron's story "Boundaries" appeared in the BLR's 10th Anniversary issue.
  • Paula Bohince's second collection of poetry, The Children, has just been released by Sarabande Books. James Longenbach notes: "Like Elizabeth Bishop before her, Paula Bohince is a visionary poet of the subtlest kind....The Children is a beautiful, challenging book." Paula's poem "Wilderness" appears in BLR's Fall 2004 issue.
  • Monica Wendel's chapbook, Call It a Window, is now available (Amazon or Midwest Writing Center). Monica's poem "Epistemology" appeared in BLR's 10th Anniversary issue.
  • Buffy Cram published a story collection titled Radio Belly in May 2012. Buffy's story "Mineral By Mineral" was selected by Rosellen Brown to receive an honorable mention in the 2009 BLR Goldenberg Prize for Fiction and appeared in the Spring 2009 issue. 
  • Christopher Lowe has published a collection of stories titled Those Like Us. Christopher's story "The Egg Bowl" appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of BLR.
  • Andrew Merton's first book of poetry, Evidence That We Are Descended From Chairs, will be released by Accents Publishing in February.  It includes the poem "A Widow At 93," which appeared in the Fall 2006 issue and was reprinted in The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review.


Best American Essay 2012 imageWe are pleased to announce that two essays from the Bellevue Literary Review are among the pieces that made the "Notables" lists in this year's Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing series.

Best American Essays (Edited by David Brooks, Series Editor Robert Atwan):

Travel of Sound by Nicolas Destino (BLR, V11N1)

Best American Travel Writing (Edited by William T. Vollman, Series Editor Jason Wilson):

The Codeine of Jordan by J.S. Brown (BLR, V11N2)


Work from the BLR noted in the 2011 Best American series:

Best American Essays (Edited by Edwidge Danticat, Series Editor Robert Atwan):

  • "The Origin of Fear" - Inez Holger (BLR, V10N2)
  • "A Figment of Your Imagination" - Cynthia Marie O'Brien (BLR, V10N2)
  • "The Wills of Twenty Strangers" - Anna Mirer (BLR, V10N1)

Best American Nonrequired Reading (Edited by Dave Eggers, and compiled by Eggers and the students at 826 Valencia):

  • "Manna" - TJ Beitelman (BLR, V10N2)
  • "Remedies" - Kali Fajardo-Anstine (BLR, V10N2)

You can learn more about the Best American Series, and see complete Table of Contents/Notables lists here.



Erika Dreifus's story collection, Quiet Americans, is now available from Last Light Studio Books. 


“Erika Dreifus’s remarkable Quiet Americans traces the shock waves of the Holocaust reverberating outward through generations of American Jews. These intelligent and multi-layered stories are packed with surprises that challenge us to reconsider what we know—or think we know—about good and evil, memory and forgiveness, survival and identity….A first-rate debut.”
– Margot Singer, author of The Pale of Settlement

Erika's story "Consultation" appears in the Fall 2005 issue of BLR.




Lifshin - Ballroom

Ballroom, Lyn Lifshin's new collection of poems, is now available from March Street Press.  


"In Lyn Lifshin's latest collection of discrete-yet-linked poems, dance becomes an exquisite metaphor for obsessive yearning and desire. Form and content complement each other perfectly: Lifshin's language is as graceful, physical, and organic as dance itself."
- Janice Eidus, author of The Last Jewish Virgin

Lyn's poem "In the Dream" appears in the Fall 2010 issue of BLR.


Congratulations to P. Philip Cheung ("My Father's Hands," Fall 2009) and Christina Marsden Gillis ("Frost," Spring 2009) on making the notable list of this year's Best American Essays collection: http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/bestamerican/essay/bookdetails.html


Williams Cover



Maria Williams-Russell's chapbook, A Love Letter to Say There Is No Love, is now available from FutureCycle Press. Maria's poem "The Heart Long Gone" appeared in the Fall 2009 BLR. http://www.futurecycle.org/WilliamsLoveLetter.aspx 






Robin Black 


Robin Black's book, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, has been shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story prize. Robin's story "...Divorced, Beheaded, Survived" appeared in the Fall 2004 issue of BLR. (www.robinblack.net)






Pretending to be Italian



Katy Giebenhain's chapbook, Pretending to be Italian, is now available from Rocksaw Press. (www.rocksawpress.com)









Eric Stener Carlson's first novel, The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires, is now available from Tartarus Press (UK).  Saint Perpetuus is a supernatural mystery set in Buenos Aires and follows Eric's non-fiction books, The Pear Tree: Is Torture Ever Justified? (Clarity Press, 2006) and I Remember Julia: Voices of the Disappeared (Temple, 1996).

Eric's short stories are also appearing in Strange Tales III (Tartarus, 2009) and Cinnnabar's Gnosis:  A Homage to Gustav Meyrink (Ex Occidente, 2009).

For order information on The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires, please visit http://www.tartaruspress.com/.  To contact Eric, please visit his website at http://www.ericstenercarlson.com/.





Wendy Marcus' debut short story collection, Polyglot: Stories of the West's Wet Edge, has won the 2009 Serena Kennedy McDonald Award from Georgia's Snake Nation Press, and includes "Polyglot" from the Spring 2007 issue of Bellevue Literary Review.





SelginPeter Selgin, whose first collection of stories, Drowning Lessons, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award, is pleased to announce the publication of his first novel, Life Goes to the Movies. About it, Knockemstiff author Donald Ray Pollock says, “With Life Goes To The Movies, Peter Selgin aims far higher than most of us poor storytellers ever dare. [A] potent, superbly crafted, and wonderfully ambitious novel.”

To read an excerpt and more testimonials visit http://www.dzancbooks.org/store/selgin-life.html.  An excerpt from his current novel-in-progress will appear in the Winter 2009 issue of Indiana Review.






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