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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
Annesha Sengupta


Our Board of Advisors

Martin Blaser: Muriel G. and George W. Singer Professor of Translational Medicine; Professor; Director, Human Microbiome Program; NYU Langone Medical Center

Arthur L. Caplan: Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor; Director, Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health; NYU Langone Medical Center

Erika Goldman: Publisher and Editorial Director

Leslie Hodgkins: Associate Editor

Thomas Campbell Jackson: Founder, The Zeitblom Fund

Gloria Jacobs: Publishing industry consultant; Executive Director, the Feminist Press at CUNY 2006-2013; and Executive Editor, Ms. Magazine 1995-2002

Jerome Lowenstein: President and Founding Publisher

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

Danielle Ofri: Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review

David M. Oshinsky: Director, Division of Medical Humanities, NYU School of Medicine; Professor, NYU Department of History

Daniel Ray: Marketing Research Consultant

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

Jan Vilcek:  Professor of Microbiology, New York University Langone Medical Center

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

Pei-Tse “Loli” Wu:  Managing Director of Investment Bank at Bank of America Merrill Lynch