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Bellevue Literary Review: A reading to celebrate the new issue

To celebrate the publication of the Bellevue Literary Review latest issue, editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri hosts an evening of readings featuring writers from the issue.

Wednesday, June 26th @ 6pm
Bellevue Hospital First Avenue and 27th Street, NYC


Albert Howard Carter on The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery by Mary Cregan

"The Scar is a powerful, thoughtful, and moving book, part memoir about the author’s illness across some 30 years, part history of depression and its treatment and part essay to evoke cultural and personal values about sickness, suffering, health, and death."

Howard Trachtman on The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

"Makkai succeeds in capturing the humanity and lethality of the HIV epidemic and the extreme consequences for the victims and the survivors alike."

Jack Coulehan on From Reading to Healing: Teaching Medical Professionalism through Literature edited by Michael Blackie and Susan Stagno

"This collection is a useful addition to “literature and medicine” pedagogy....The content includes essays on teaching, as well as a number of canonical stories taught in medical humanities courses."

Russell Teagarden on Confessions of an English Opium-Eater: Being an Extract from the Life of a Scholar by Thomas De Quincey

"Thomas De Quincey was a British writer during the first half of the nineteenth century.  [His]  first encounter with opium was in 1804 when he was eighteen years old."

Sam Perkins on Strange Relation—A memoir of marriage, dementia, and poetry by Rachel Hadas

"In Strange Relation, Rachel Hadas, poet, teacher and classicist, recounts the years just short of a decade of her husband’s descent – retreat is the word she’d prefer – into dementia."

Jack Coulehan on Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness edited by Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano

"Headcase explores themes of mental health, mental illness, and the experience of mental health care services by members of the LGBTQ community."


Russell Teagarden on Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan

"The play focuses on the mental decline of Gladys, an 85 year old woman, and the resilience of the human spirit as her family responds with grace and love."

Joshua Jiang on The Florida Project directed by Sean Baker

“Director Sean Baker is known for his willingness to depict unglamorous lives on the silver screen, and The Florida Project stays the course by telling the story of transient, poor folk in a modern America teeming with excess.”

Jacalyn Duffin on Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

"This surprising sequel to Lee’s famous To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) ..reprises the fortunes of several of the original characters and allegedly deepens our understanding of the upright Atticus Finch as a man of the South."

Guy Glass on The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang

“This is not a conventional chronological autobiography but rather essays that provide different approaches to the author’s experience of mental illness.“

Sebastian Galbo on My Father’s Body, at Rest and in Motion by Siddhartha Mukherjee

"The thematic kernel of Mukherjee’s narrative, homeostasis, draws scrutiny not only to the experiences of individual bodies but the systems and institutions that heal them, to the material environments in which fragile bodies are cared for, repaired, and rehabilitated."

Celebrating 25 Years of the Literature, Arts and Medicine Database

In the following post, David Oshinsky, Marc Triola, Lucy Bruell and Felice Aull, the founder and Editor in Chief Emerita, take us through the early years of the site and its evolution.

Total Database Contents

  • 176 Visual Art Annotations
  • 2814 Literature Annotations
  • 271 Performing Art Annotations
  • 98 Artists
  • 1802 Authors
  • 154 Keywords