Editorial Staff

Danielle Ofri

Editor-in-Chief: Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD,DLitt (Hon) Danielle Ofri is associate professor of medicine at New York University, and practices medicine and teaches at Bellevue Hospital. Ofri's newest book is What Doctors Say, What Patients Hear. She is also the author of What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of MedicineIncidental FindingsMedicine in Translation, as well as Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue. Her essays have been included in Best American Essays and Best American Science Writing. Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times on the doctor-patient connection. Her essays have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, CNN, Slate, and on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of the McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association for "preeminent contributions to medical communication." www.danielleofri.com


Ronna Wineberg

Senior Fiction Editor: Ronna Wineberg is the author of Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life, a collection of short stories; On Bittersweet Place, a novel, winner of the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition; and a debut collection, Second Language, winner of the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition, and runner-up for the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction. Her stories have appeared in American Way, Berkeley Fiction Review, Colorado Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, South Dakota Review and other literary journals, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of a scholarship in fiction to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and residencies to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. She has been awarded a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Wineberg’s essays have appeared in DAUGHTERS, Ethics in Criminal Justice, River Oak Review, Steam Ticket, The Tennessean, and Writers on the Job. She has taught writing at New York University and elsewhere. She is the founding fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review. Her website is Ronnawineberg.com


Jerome Lowenstein

Senior Nonfiction Editor: Jerome Lowenstein, MD, a nephrologist, is a Professor of Medicine and Firm Chief at New York University School of Medicine. His full time activities include teaching, patient care, and translational research. In 1979 he founded, and continues to direct, the Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education program. He is the Founding Publisher of the Bellevue Literary Press. He is the author of four books: Acid and Basics (Oxford University Press, 1992); The Midnight Meal and Other Essays about Doctors, Patients, and Medicine (Yale University Press, 1997; University of Michigan Press, 2005), Henderson’s Equation (Gadd Books, 2008) and Zichronot/Memories A Journal (Mulberry Tree Press, 2012).


Suzanne McConnellFiction Editor: Suzanne McConnell’s fiction won First Prize in the 2015 New Ohio Review's Fiction Contest and First Prize in the 2014 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Flash Fiction, and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, appearing in The Huffington Post, The Saint Ann’s Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. An excerpt from her novel won Second Prize in So to Speak’s Fiction Contest. She taught writing at Hunter College for thirty years and now leads seminars in literature and medicine at hospitals. “Necessary Stories,” her piece about Bellevue Literary Review, can be found on-line at The Review Review. She has published memoirs of Kurt Vonnegut in The Brooklyn Rail and Writer’s Digest, and is currently writing a book, Vonnegut’s Pearls, on his advice to writers, to be published by Seven Stories Press. Her website is www.suzannemcconnell.com

Jason Schneiderman (Photo Credit: Star Black)

Poetry Editor: Jason Schneiderman is the author of three books of poems: Primary Source, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Prize; Striking Surface, winner of the Richard Snyder Prize; and Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004. He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. www.jasonschneiderman.net
(Photo credit: Star Black)

Kate Falvey

Associate Editor: Kate Falvey is the author of a poetry collection, The Language of Little Girls, published by David Robert Books, and two poetry chapbooks, What the Sea Washes Up (Dancing Girl Press) and Morning Constitutional in Sunhat and Bolero (Green Fuse Poetic Arts). Twice nominated for the Pushcart prize, her poetry has been widely published in an eclectic array of journals and anthologies in the US, Canada, Ireland, and Great Britain. She has also published academic articles on women writers; numerous academic study guides; fiction; and work for children.

She is associate professor of English at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York, where she teaches creative writing and the literature of illness and care. City Tech/CUNY supports the annual literary journal, 2 Bridges Review, for which she is editor in chief. She holds a PhD in English and American Literature from NYU.

Jen Hyde

Assistant Poetry Editor: Jen Hyde is the author of Hua Shi Hua (华画诗) Drawings & Poems from China (Ahsahta Press). Informed by the material culture of her environment, community, and heritage, her practice experiments with generative translation and new technology for the production of printed things. She is currently at work on Murmur, a 2016 finalist for the Creative Capital Grant in Literature. Jen holds a BFA in writing from Pratt Institute and MFA in poetry from NYU. She is the recipient of writing fellowships from NYU Shanghai, Ithaca College and most recently a Margins Fellowship from the Asian American Writer's Workshop. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York where she is a Heart Valve Ambassador for The American Heart Association, and a collaborative chapbook publisher for No Dear/Small Anchor. www.jenhyde.com

Janis Graham

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Recently retired, Janis Graham was a freelance writer for over 30 years, specializing in health, medicine and nutrition reporting. Her articles regularly appeared in national publications such as Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Glamour, Self, Reader’s Digest, the New York Times, et al. She is the author of three books: The Athletic Woman’s Sourcebook (Avon, August 1999); Breastfeeding Secrets and Solutions (Pocket Books, 1993); Your Pregnancy Companion (Pocket Books, 1991). Over the course of her career, she received numerous awards, including the William Harvey Award from the National Institute of Health, the Gold Triangle Award from the American Academy of Dermatology and the Child Magazine Book of the Year Award. She has a BA in English literature from Vassar College.

Barbara Daddino

Assistant Fiction Editor: Barbara Daddino's short stories have been published in Azure and Confrontation. Her essays and movie reviews have appeared in Newsday. She has read her fiction and poetry at the West Side Y, Stony Brook University, the National Arts Club, and the Middle Collegiate Church, NYC. She has also appeared on PBS's Act 2 and Healthy Minds. She holds an MFA from NYU where she studied with E.L. Doctorow, Breyten Breytenbach, Francine Prose, among others. She has taught English and creative writing in the Suffolk County school system and creative writing at NYU as an adjunct. She lives in Shoreham, Long Island where she is currently working on a novel inspired by her story, "Floaters," a finalist in Glimmer Train's New Writers Short Story Contest. 

Lauralee Leonard



Assistant Fiction Editor: Lauralee Leonard is a medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry with expertise in clinical trial oncology protocols. She completed the Masters Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University in 2014 with an independent study in fiction writing. Her poetry has been published in US 1 Worksheets and in the Kelsey Review.

 Stacy Bodziak

Managing Editor: Stacy Bodziak holds a BA in English Literature and Psychology from New York University, and an MA in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to her work with the BLR, she works closely with Dr. Oshinsky on the projects of the Division of Medical Humanities, including a weekly newsletter, educational activities, and events, and as the Communications Associate of the Department of Medicine.


David Oshinsky

Publisher: David Oshinsky, PhD, is the director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine and a professor in the NYU Department of History. Previously, Dr. Oshinsky was at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received the university’s Raymond Dickson Centennial Teaching Award. He graduated from Cornell University and obtained his PhD from Brandeis University.

His many books include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Worse Than Slavery, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for distinguished contribution to human rights; and Polio: An American Story, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History. In 2009, PBS (The American Experience) aired a documentary based upon this work, "The Polio Crusade," and is currently filming a documentary based on his McCarthy biography.

Oshinsky has been a frequent juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in history and in biography. He received the Dean's Medal from the Bloomberg-Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for his distinguished contributions to the field, and Bill Gates wrote that Oshinsky’s polio book strongly influenced his decision to make polio eradication the number one medical priority of the Gates Foundation.

Oshinsky’s most recent book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital, was published this past November by Doubleday/Knopf.

His articles and reviews appear regularly in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other international publications.




Founding Publisher: Martin J. Blaser, MD
Founding Poetry Editors: Donna Baier Stein, Roxanna Font
Founding Copy Editor: Doris H. Milman, MD
Poetry Editors: Corie Feiner, Frances Richey 

Advisory Board:

Board President: Ruth Oratz

Felice Aull Elizabeth Howard
Carol Berman Perri E. Klass
Martin J. Blaser
Itzhak Kronzon
Rafael Campo Barron Lerner
Rita Charon George Lipkin
Jack Coulehan Lin Lombardi
Tony Dajer Michael Pillinger
Kate Edgar  Abraham Verghese
Kate Falvey Gerald Weissmann
Jill Werman Harris  David Zimmerman
Katherine Hochman  

Department Administrator: Katherine Wesnousky
Development Director: Sara Chambers
Interns: Fatemeh Adlparvar, Charles Boulet, Sonia Epstein, Anna Falvey,
Russell Scaife, Jonathan Xu, Margaret Zhang