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Bomb (magazine)

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Categories  Literary magazine
Circulation  14,000
Frequency  Quarterly
First issue  Spring 1981
Bomb (magazine)
Editors  Betsy Sussler, Saul Anton, Sabine Russ
Company  New Arts Publications, Inc.

Bomb is a quarterly magazine edited by artists and writers. It is composed, primarily, of interviews between creative people working in a variety of disciplines — visual art, literature, music, film, theater and architecture. In addition to interviews, Bomb issues feature new fiction and poetry, several 500-word "Artist on Artist" essays, and a reviews section. Bomb is published by New Art Publications, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



Bomb was launched in 1981 by a group of New York City-based artists, including Betsy Sussler, Sarah Charlesworth, Glenn O'Brien, Michael McClard, and Liza Bear, who sought to record and promote public conversations between artists without mediation by critics or journalists.

The name Bomb is a reference to both Wyndham Lewis's Blast and the fact that the magazine's original editors expected the publication to "bomb" after one or two issues. Shortly after its founding, Bomb formed a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, New Art Publications, Inc., which publishes the journal.

In 2005, the Bomb offices moved from the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, New York, to Fort Greene, Brooklyn. By June 2007, Bomb had published 100 issues.

Notable Contributors

  • Chris Abani
  • Kathy Acker
  • Martin Amis
  • John Ashbery
  • Matthew Barney
  • Roberto Bolaño
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Arthur C. Danto
  • Lydia Davis
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Junot Díaz
  • Geoff Dyer
  • Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Jonathan Franzen
  • Robert Gober
  • Francisco Goldman
  • Mary Heilmann
  • A. M. Homes
  • Gary Indiana
  • Barbara Kruger
  • Rachel Kushner
  • Ben Lerner
  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • Sam Lipsyte
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Ben Marcus
  • Allan McCollum
  • Eileen Myles
  • Francine Prose
  • Claudia Rankine
  • Richard Serra
  • Cindy Sherman
  • Mickalene Thomas
  • Colm Tóibín
  • Ryan Trecartin
  • Edmund White
  • Archive at Columbia University

    In 2004, Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired Bomb's archives, including 24 years' worth of audio recordings, raw and edited interview transcripts, manuscripts, galleys and assorted ephemera.

    Oral History Project

    Bomb's Oral History Project documents the lives of New York City's African-American Artists. Participants include Edward_Clark_(artist), Kara Walker & Larry Walker, Wangechi Mutu, Gerald Jackson, Adger Cowans, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Melvin Edwards, Terry Adkins, Eldzier Cortor and Stanley Whitney.


    Bomb (magazine) Wikipedia