Fall 2007 Issue

  A journal of humanity
and human experience




photo by Joon Park

Editor-in-Chief: Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, DLitt (Hon), is assistant professor of medicine at New York University, and practices medicine and teaches at Bellevue Hospital. Her most recent book, Incidental Findings, was published by Beacon Press. One of the chapters was selected by Susan Orlean for Best American Essays 2005. Another chapter was selected by Oliver Sacks for Best American Science Writing 2003. Ofri's first book, Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue, is available in paperback from Penguin. A chapter from this book was chosen by Steven Jay Gould for Best American Essays 2002. Ofri's writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Missouri Review, and on National Public Radio. Ofri is the recipient of the 2005 McGovern Award, from the American Medical Writers Association for "preeminent contributions to medical communication." She is Associate Chief Editor of The Bellevue Guide to Outpatient Medicine, which was voted Best Medical Textbook of 2001, also by AMWA.

Fiction Editor: Ronna Wineberg, JD, earned a BA from the University of Michigan and JD from the University of Denver. Her collection of short stories, Second Language, was awarded first prize in the New Rivers Press MVP literary competition, and was published by New Rivers Press in October, 2005. Her stories have appeared in Berkeley Fiction Review, Colorado Review, South Dakota Review, Writers Forum and in other literary journals. Her work has been a finalist in the Moment Magazine and the New Millennium writing contests. Wineberg's essays have appeared in DAUGHTERS and River Oak Review. She has received the John Atherton Scholarship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation, and she has taught writing at New York University and elsewhere. She is a 2004 fellow in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her new website is

Nonfiction Editor: Jerome Lowenstein, MD is professor of medicine and former Chief of the Nephrology Division at New York University School of Medicine. He is the author of The Midnight Meal and Other Essays About Doctors, Patients, and Medicine (New and Expanded Edition, University of Michigan Press, 2005) which tells stories about relationships between medical students and teachers, physicians and colleagues, and physicians and patients. He asks whether one can teach compassion, and examines the thesis that the brain has a "module" to process information presented in narrative form. He is Co-Director of The Patient Narrative, a program in which first-year medical students interview patients and write reflective essays. He is the recipient of the 2005 Davies Award from the American College of Physicians, recognizing his scholarly work in the humanities. Lowenstein is the Publisher of the newly-formed Bellevue Literary Press.



Poetry Editor: Corie Feiner (née Herman) is a poet and performer from New York. Her first collection of poems was Radishes into Roses (Linear Arts Press) and her work has been featured in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including Calyx, Kalliope, The Cortland Review, and Zeek. She performs her work regularly in New York City, the northeast, and Israel and is a cast member of the theatre troupe, Storahtelling. Called "wonderful" by The New York Times, and "captivating," by Backstage Magazine; she has been featured in The Riverdale Press, the Greenwhich Times, and on WNBC for her performances and poetry workshops. A graduate of NYU's Graduate Creative Writing Program, she currently teaches at MAKOR, JCC Manhattan, and The Writer's Voice. You can reach her through her web site:


photo by Michael Fisher

Poetry Editor: Frances Richey's first poetry collection, The Burning Point, won the 9th Annual White Pine Press Poetry Prize, released in 2004. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, O--The Oprah Magazine, RIVER STYX, Notre Dame Review, Salmagundi, Gulf Coast, Tiferet, Bellevue Literary Review and has been featured on New York Voices on Channel Thirteen. Her newest collection, The Warrior, will be released in April 2008 by VIking Penguin. Fran was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005. She teaches yoga, meditation and writing workshops in New York City.

Managing Editor: Stacy Bodziak holds a BA in English Literature and Psychology from New York University, and recently completed an MA in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before joining the BLR, she was a Circulation Desk Supervisor at NYU Medical Library for several years, and was a writer and copy editor for NYU’s Washington Square News.
Assistant Fiction Editor: Suzanne McConnell holds a BA in Sociology from The University of Arkansas and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Orchid, The Saint’s Ann’s Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Calyx, Green Mountains Review,The Fiddlehead, Personal Fiction Writing, Poets & Writers, Cape Women,, Earth's Daughters, A Sense of Place and Discovery Channel Publishing’s Travel Series. She has been granted residencies at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. She teaches writing and literature at Hunter College, and is an editor and writing coach for Greenline Publishing Consultants as well as free-lance. Her novel, Fence of Earth, a finalist for the James Fellowship for Novel in Progress, will soon be available for publication
Publisher: Martin J. Blaser, MD is Frederick H. King Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Professor of Microbiology at New York University School of Medicine. Since returning to NYU, where he was a student, in 2000, he has developed several innovative educational programs. Among them, he has promoted narrative skills of medical housestaff, and writing skills of the medical students as an integral part of critical thinking. All students rotating through the Department of Medicine are required to write patient-based essays dealing with philosophy, ethics, humanities or scientific reasoning. Dr. Blaser established the Bellevue Literary Review as a forum for literature dealing with many of these same issues. Dr. Blaser divides his time between teaching, patient care, and research. His research focus, for more than 25 years, has been the role of bacteria in human diseases, as well as studies of their basic biology and evolution. He has authored more than 400 original papers, and is currently president of the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Editors Emeriti

Donna Baier Stein
Founding Poetry Editor
Roxanna Font
Founding Poetry Editor
Doris H. Milman, M.D Founding Copy Editor
  Editorial Board

Felice Aull
Carol Berman
Rafael Campo
Rita Charon
Jack Coulehan
Tony Dajer
Stuart Dickerman

Kate Falvey
Will Grossman
Perri Klass
Itzhak Kronzon
George Lipkin
Lois Lowenstein
Michael Pillinger Claudia S. Plottel



Norman Posner
Richard Selzer
Marc Siegel
Abraham Verghese
Gerald Weissmann
David Zimmerman
Abigail Zuger

  Graphic Designer: Troi Santos
Web Designer: Benjamin Akman
Department Administrator: Lucy Cribben
Office Associate: Elsa Nunez
Interns: Kathryn Coffman, Marylu Ekiert, Meghan Holeman