Embattled: The Ramifications of War

Featured above: a reading of poetry. Watch all of the readings on YouTube.
Our thanks to Ken Browne Productions for filming this event.

What is our relationship to war? How does war push the human body and mind to their limits? How do we come to terms with separation and death? These are all questions that the poetry and prose in the Bellevue Literary Review’s theme issue "Embattled: The Ramifications of War" grapple with.


Jane Bradley is a New York-based actor, voiceover artist & theatermaker. She regularly performs with The Drilling Company, and most recently appeared as ROSALIND in their Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production of As You Like It. Other recent credits include: MARY LOIS in And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid at The Kitchen (NYC), and GWENDOLEN in The Importance of Being Earnest at Playhouse on Park (Hartford, CT). Jane is currently assistant directing Austin Pendleton’s production of Nora at The Cherry Lane Theater. She is a founding member of The Wet Mariners, a London-based Shakespeare theatre company.

Chris Henry Coffey was most recently seen at LaMama, ETC in Happy Hour, a new play by Neil LaBute as part of AdA (Author Directs Author). Other recent credits include Eric Simonson’s Bronx Bombers at the Circle in the Square and Primary Stages, A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Mark Lamos (Connecticut Critics Circle, Best Ensemble) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful at Second Stage, directed by Davis McCallum. Coffey has also originated roles in Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home (Playwrights Horizons and Goodman Theater - Robert Falls, Dir), and How Shakespeare Won the West (Huntington Theater - Jonathan Moscone, Dir). Additional highlights include working with Arthur Miller on his penultimate play Resurrection Blues (Old Globe); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Westport Playhouse); The Front Page (Long Wharf); Violet Hour, Hedda Gabler (Dallas Theatre Center); and The P.R. Man (Ohio Theater). He has also appeared in major roles at the Alley Theatre, Yale Rep, and the Williamstown Theater Festival, among others. Selected film credits include, most recently, Diverge (upcoming), The Little Tin Man (currently on the festival circuit), Epilogue (Tribeca FF 2013) and Neil LaBute’s short film BFF (Tribeca FF 2012) along with David Schwimmer’s feature Trust (“one of the year’s best films, 2011” – Roger Ebert). Additional films include The International, Thirteen Days, Walking on the Sky, June, and Play it By Ear, among many independents. Also recurring roles on Law & Order: CI, guest stars on The Good Wife, Cupid, Law & Order, and others. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.


Outpost” by Adam Padgett (fiction)

Carrying History” by Sahar Delijani (nonfiction)


In the Presence of My Enemy” by Chard deNiord

"I Never Saw a Wild Thing Sorry for Itself ” by Yael Hacohen

Recommendation” by Amanda Newell

The Call” by Terry M. Dugan


Failed Treaties” by Sahar Mustafah (fiction)

Stray” by Ron Riekki (fiction)