Danielle Ofri: Why Doctors Write

WED, MAR 26, 2014 (1:09:12)

“Beacon Press director Helene Atwan explores the relationship between editor and author with Danielle Ofri, a practicing physician, author, and the editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, the premier literary journal focused on illness, health, and healing. How does writing change Ofri’s practice of medicine? How does editing the Bellevue Literary Review inform her view of her hospital and her patients? What does publishing a “”doctor who writes”” add to Beacon Press’s legacy? How has Helene Atwan’s sense of the power of writing changed through her work with Danielle Ofri?”

+ BIO: Danielle Ofri

Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of Singular Intimacies, is an attending physician at Bellevue and the cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Bellevue Literary Review. She is currently a regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times and The New England Journal of Medicine.

+ BIO: Helene Atwan

Helene Atwan has been director of Beacon Press since October 1995. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia. She began her career in publishing at Random House in 1976, and has worked at Alfred A. Knopf, Viking Press; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; and Simon and Schuster. Her acquisitions at Beacon include Gayl Jones’s The Healing, a National Book Award Finalist, Wendy Kaminer’s Worst Instincts, Danielle Ofri’s Singular Intimacies, Rashid Khalidi’s Resurrecting Empire and The Iron Cage, Meredith Hall’s Without A Map, as well as books by journalists Mitchell Zuckoff, Philip Winslow, Mark Hyman, and Beth Whitehouse, and nine volumes of poetry by Pulitzer-prize winner Mary Oliver. She served for eight years on the board of PEN-New England and is the Administrator of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.

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