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Our Mission

Bellevue Literary Press is devoted to publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and sciences because we believe that science and the humanities are natural companions for understanding the human experience. With each book we publish, our goal is to foster a rich, interdisciplinary dialogue that will forge new tools for thinking and engaging with the world.

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Our Background

“Bellevue Literary Press is a small press in New York that publishes books about the intersection between the arts and sciences. It’s fascinating. Their books are just gems. It’s hard to find a Bellevue Literary Press book that, for me, doesn’t work.” —Nancy Pearl, KUOW’s The Record

Bellevue Literary Press, housed in historic Bellevue Hospital, is the first and only nonprofit press publishing at the arts-sciences nexus. Since 2007, we have been publishing prize-winning books that address the “big questions” of the human condition while promoting literature and the humanities to the science and medical communities and science literacy to a general readership.

BLP is a project of the New York University School of Medicine. While our standards reflect NYU’s excellence in scholarship, humanistic medicine, and science, we are not a university press. BLP is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and depends on contributions from individuals and foundations for its operations.

Our books are distributed nationwide to bookstores and other outlets, including wholesalers, libraries, and specialty markets, by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution.

Read more about Bellevue Literary Press from NPRNew York Times, New York Magazine, and Publishers Weekly.


Educational and Community Outreach

Bellevue Literary Press strives to publish books that enrich and engage, and also to provide a platform for lively discussion and debate. By collaborating with academic and community organizations we are able to extend the reader’s experience beyond the page and inspire lively discourse in a variety of private and public venues including classrooms, clinics, libraries, scientific studies conferences, academic panels, and public forums.

Read more about the current activities in which BLP is involved.


Our Sister Organization

We encourage our readers to visit our sister organization, the Bellevue Literary Review, a forum for illuminating humanity and human experience, published by the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.


Our Staff

Erika Goldman, Publisher and Editorial Director, has been an editor of fiction and nonfiction for over twenty years at several major publishing houses in New York City, including St. Martin’s Press, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Simon & Schuster and W. H. Freeman. A recipient of the Jerusalem International Book Fair Editorial fellowship, she has taught at New York University’s Center for Publishing and in the Creative Nonfiction Mentoring Program. She is an instructor at the New York University School of Medicine, Division of Medical Humanities.

Leslie Hodgkins, Associate Editor, has an MA in English from the University of Buffalo where he took courses in both the Poetics Program and the Center for Psychoanalysis and the Study of Culture. He is a strong supporter of independent publishing and has worked for RE/Search Publications in San Francisco and interned at Archipelago Books in Brooklyn.

Crystal Sikma, Publishing Assistant, earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as an editorial fellow at The Walrus magazine in Toronto, bookseller and host of the Robson Reading Series in Vancouver, and poetry editor for PRISM international literary magazine. Her background also includes marketing, communications, and programming roles in nonprofit arts organizations.


Our Consultants

Molly Mikolowski, Publicity and Marketing. Before joining BLP, Molly worked for Coffee House Press for ten years, where she acted as their Marketing, Publicity and Sales Director. The daughter of letterpress publishers, she has also worked as a bookseller and now runs A Literary Light, which helps independent publishers finds the broadest possible audience for their books.

Joe Gannon, Production & Design. Joe has 37 years of experience in all aspects of book writing, editing, design, production, and distribution. He is the owner of a publishing services company, Mulberry Tree Press, Inc., and teaches at Hofstra University. He is the author of thirteen nonfiction titles.


Our Founding Publisher

Jerome Lowenstein, M.D., President and Founding Publisher, is the Nonfiction Editor for Bellevue Literary Review. He has been Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine since 1977 and a practicing physician for over four decades. In 1979 he initiated the Program for Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education at New York University School of Medicine, which has become the model for many other similar programs at medical schools across the country. He is the author of Henderson’s Equation (Gadd Books, 2008), The Midnight Meal and Other Essays about Doctors, Patients, and Medicine (University of Michigan Press, 2005) and Acid and Basics: A Guide to Understanding Acid-Base Physiology (Oxford University Press, 1993). He is the recipient of the 2008-2009 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award.

Founder’s Statement


Our Interns

Catherine Puma has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and English from the University of Notre Dame, and won the Outstanding Student in Pre-1700 Literary Studies Award out of her graduating class. She has written extensively on Beowulf and runs a literary blog, Words About Words. In the Summer of 2014, she engaged in the NYU Writers in New York creative fiction writing program, has co-founded multiple creative writing workshops over the years, and has conducted ecological field research on the reproductive success of grassland ground-nesting birds in northwestern Montana. She currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her family and two dogs.

Annesha Sengupta 
is a sophomore at New York University, where she is studying English Literature, Creative Writing, and Business Studies. She has previously interned at Poets House and is currently a writing tutor with NYU’s expository writing program. She also serves as Editor of the Minetta Review.


Our Board of Advisors

Martin Blaser

Martin J. Blaser, MD, is the Muriel and George Singer Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, and Director of the Human Microbiome Program at the NYU School of Medicine. He served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at NYU from 2000-2012. A physician and microbiologist, Dr. Blaser is interested in understanding the relationships we have with our persistently colonizing bacteria. His work over the past 30 years focused on human pathogens, including Campylobacter species and Helicobacter pylori, which also are model systems for understanding interactions of residential bacteria with their human hosts. Over the last decade, he has been actively studying the relationship of the human microbiome with health and with such important diseases as asthma, obesity, diabetes, and allergies.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Blaser has served as the advisor for a large number of students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty, and he has been actively involved in national scientific and professional organizations. He served as President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute, Chair of the Advisory Board for Clinical Research of the National Institutes of Health, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy for Arts and Sciences. He holds 25 U.S. patents relating to his research, and has authored over 530 original articles. Most recently, he wrote Missing Microbes, a book targeted to general audiences.

Arthur Caplan

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, is the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. He is also the co-founder and Dean of Research of the NYU Sports and Society Program and the head of the ethics program in the Global Institute for Public Health at NYU.

Prior to coming to NYU he was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia where he created the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Ethics. Caplan has also taught at the University of Minnesota, where he founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He received his PhD from Columbia University.

Caplan is the author or editor of thirty-two books and over 600 papers in peer reviewed journals. His most recent books are Contemporary Debates in Bioethics and Ethics in Mental Healthcare: A Reader.

Thomas Campbell Jackson: Founder, The Zeitblom Fund

Gloria Jacobs

Gloria Jacobs is a consultant on arts, literature, and the women’s movement. From 2006 to 2013, she was Executive Director of the Feminist Press at CUNY and from 1996 to 2002 she was the Executive Editor of Ms. magazine. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily News, The Guardian (UK), Working Mother, New York Woman, and Mother Jones, among others. She has also served as a consultant to the United Nations Women’s Development Fund where she produced the groundbreaking report, Women, War, Peace, which sought to tell the story of the impact of war on women through personal narrative. She is a board member of Girls Write Now, the writing and mentoring program for teen girls, as well as on Bellevue’s advisory board and is a past board member and chair of Women’s eNews.

Jerome Lowenstein

Jerome Lowenstein, MD, President and Founding Publisher, is the Nonfiction Editor for Bellevue Literary Review. He has been Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine since 1977 and a practicing physician for over four decades. In 1979 he initiated the Program for Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education at New York University School of Medicine, which has become the model for many other similar programs at medical schools across the country. He is the author of Zichronot/Memories, Henderson’s Equation, The Midnight Meal and Other Essays about Doctors, Patients, and Medicine, and Acid and Basics: A Guide to Understanding Acid-Base Physiology.

Eric Manheimer: Medical Director, Bellevue Hospital 1997-2012, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine

Danielle Ofri

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, writes regularly for the New York Times about medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. Her most recent book is What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.

Ofri is a practicing internist at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. She is a founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal to arise from a medical center.

Ofri speaks nationally and internationally about doctor-patient communication, medical error, medical humanities, and medicine in the 21st century. Her three other books about life in medicine are Medicine in Translation, Incidental Findings, and Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue.


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.

An accomplished writer and American historian, his books include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which won the Hardeman Prize for the best book about the U.S. Congress, and Worse Than Slavery, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for distinguished contribution to human rights. His latest book, Polio: An American Story, won both the Pulitzer Prize in History and the Hoover Presidential Book Award. In 2009, PBS aired a documentary based upon this work, “The Polio Crusade,” and he received the Dean’s Medal from the Bloomberg-Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for his distinguished contributions to the field. His articles and reviews appear regularly in the New York Times and other national publications.

Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray, as Vice President of Management Science Associates (a multinational market research company), worked for nearly three decades with major corporations including American Express, HBO and Kraft General Foods. His focus was on advertising, pricing and new product development where he created analytical methodologies to solve challenging marketing issues. As a respected member of his field, he was an invited speaker at national industry conferences and seminars on issues relating to the analysis of market research data.

After passing the Baccalaureat in France, Daniel moved to England. (His first job was at Foyles, then the largest bookstore in the world.) Once he became fluent in English he was accepted with full scholarship at the University of Wales where he received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering.

Ironically, before moving to the United States, this French son of Jewish refugees was awarded the Coventry Cathedral Fellowship, spending a year in Berlin as an exchange engineer in the name of reconciliation between England and Germany.

In 2004, Daniel co-founded The Raytones—a jazz, blues, early rock ’n’ roll band—where he is the pianist.

Oliver SacksProfessor of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine (member in memoriam)

Jan Vilcek

Jan T. Vilcek, MD, PhD, Professor in the Department of Microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center, earned his medical degrees in Bratislava, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia). He is among the earliest researchers of interferon, and of another regulatory protein called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). Dr. Vilcek’s work was instrumental in the development of the anti-inflammatory drug infliximab (Remicade®), the first member of a new class of therapeutics widely used for the treatment of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other chronic inflammatory disorders. Dr. Vilcek has published more than 350 papers in scholarly journals and he is co-inventor of 38 US patents. In 2000 Dr. Vilcek and his wife established The Vilcek Foundation, whose main mission is to honor outstanding contributions of immigrants to the sciences and arts in the United States. He received NYU’s Albert Gallatin Medal, is an honorary alumnus of NYU School of Medicine and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the J. E. Purkynie Honorary Medal from the Czech Academy of Sciences, and the Outstanding American by Choice Award from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He is an honorary member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic, recipient of the Gold Medal of Charles University in Prague, and recipient of honorary degrees from the Comenius University in Bratislava, the CUNY Graduate Center, and NYU. In 2013 he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama. His memoir Love and Science will be published by Seven Stories Press in early 2016.

Mieko Willoughby:  Executive Vice President, Headlands Asset Management, LLC

Pei-Tse “Loli” Wu is a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and runs the firm’s Transportation and Infrastructure group. Loli has worked on Wall Street since 1997, when he joined Solomon Brothers. He started his career as a journalist, covering international trade news for The Journal of Commerce, a daily business newspaper. Loli is very interested in education and was very much influenced by reading, at his father’s urging, C.P. Snow’s essay The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. Its core message is very much in keeping with the Bellevue Literary Press’s mission: “Books at the intersection of the arts and sciences.”

Loli received a BA in East Asian Studies from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Vivian Kuan, an architect, and their two children, Nicholas and Ava Skye.