BLR Spring Reading

Sunday, May 18th, 5pm
Bellevue Hospital - Rotunda, First Avenue at 28th Street, NYC

Join us for an evening of poetry and prose to celebrate the Spring issue of the Bellevue Literary Review. The reading will take place at Bellevue Hospital—perhaps the most unique venue for great literature in New York City.



Helen Benedict 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.

  Helen Benedict

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).

  Rachel Hadas

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.  Sean Kevin Campbell





Pictures from the BLR's 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Read Danielle Ofri's blog about a past BLR reading.

Please also visit the Bellevue Literary Press events page to see where their writers will be appearing.