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Lynne Tillman's What Gets Kept
A spoken word LP launch

Friday, March 6th, 6:30pm ET
Printed Matter

Raise a glass with us at the launch of What Gets Kept (Penny-Ante Editions), which spans the author's career through ten spoken word recordings. Lynne Tillman will introduce the project and sign copies of this limited release.

Listen to "Home Sick" from What Gets Kept:

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An evening of performances curated by David Grubbs

Poetry by Ariana Reines
Dance by Jen Rosenblit
Music by 75 Dollar Bill

Friday, January 9th, 7:00pm ET
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Help us ring in the new year with a benefit for artists and writers. A donation of $25 gains admission for one, or buy a pair of tickets for $45. All proceeds go to paying BOMB's online contributors in 2015. We will have free drinks and copies of BOMB Issue 130 to give away. Tickets available at the door.

Jen Rosenblit has been making dances and teaching workshops on improvisation, choreography and performance in New York City since 2005. Rosenblit has worked with Young Jean Lee (Untitled Feminist Show), Ryan McNamara (MEEM), Yvonne Meier (The Shining), Sasa Asentic (On Trail Together) and currently, Simone Aughterlony (Uni-Form), based in Zurich. Rosenblit was a 2009 Fresh Tracks Artist (Dance Theater Workshop), recipient of the 2012 Grant to Artists and a 2014 Emergency grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a 2013 Fellow at Insel Hombroich (Germany), an inaugural recipient of THE AWARD, a 2014-2015 workspace artist through LMCC, and a 2014 recipient of a New York Dance and Performance “bessies” award as emerging choreographer for her work, a Natural dance, which premiered at The Kitchen in May 2014. Rosenblit has been a teaching artist at Bowdoin College, Hollins University, Bard, Tisch, Roger Williams and Bennington and has done lecture demonstrations surrounding the queer body and performance at both Yale and Harvard. Rosenblit's Lunch N Lecture was curated by BODEGA at the ICA, Philadelphia, as part of their First Among Equals series. Rosenblit was recently in residence at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts through FD13 and looks forward to residency time at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa for the creation of a new work to premiere in 2016. Recent works focus on an improvisational approach to choreographic thought and ways of structuring bodies as they fall out of relation aesthetically and spiritually while still locating ways of being together. www.bottomheavies.blogspot.com

Rick Brown was born in San Francisco, CA and is a clerical worker at a law school in NYC. Che Chen was born in New Haven, CT and works for a cancer diagnostics company in Stonybrook, NY. They met via myspace and started playing together as 75 Dollar Bill approximately eight years later. Brown plays percussion and homemade horns and Chen plays electric guitar. After two self-released cassette tapes, their first LP, "Wooden Bag" will be released via the Other Music Recording Company in January 2015.

"What you heard foremost in 75 Dollar Bill’s Saturday night show at Troost in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was Che Chen’s guitar: a cut-rate Japanese model sketching looped figures inside old Arabic modes, pushing jagged sound through a small amplifier ... But as [he] stood playing hypnotic guitar repetitions, moving with the stresses of the riffs, the drummer Rick Brown sat on a square wooden box, open in the back, and attacked it from above. Sometimes he used his heel to bounce on a kick-drum pedal, pointing backward toward the box; mostly he was striking the sides of the box with his hands and a homemade mallet, hard, finding different pitches in different places. He cued transitions in the music, building odd or compound rhythms, turning them around and blurring distinctions between downbeats and upbeats. On the surface, the rhythms were only secondary to the guitar lines; deeper down, they were enfolded. One couldn’t do without the other."
–Ben Ratliff, New York Times.

Born in Salem, Massachusetts, poet, playwright, and translator Ariana Reines earned a BA from Barnard College, and completed graduate work at both Columbia University and the European Graduate School, where she studied literature, performance, and philosophy. Her books of poetry include The Cow (2006), which won the Alberta Prize from Fence Books; Coeur de Lion (2007); and Mercury (2011). Her poems have been anthologized in Against Expression (2011) and Gurlesque (2010). Known for her interest in bodily experience, the occult, new media, and the possibilities of the long or book-length form, Reines has been described as “one of the crucial voices of her generation” by Michael Silverblatt on NPR’s Bookworm. At once personal, Romantic, slippery, and extreme, Reines’s poetry investigates and overturns lyric conventions. Of her own work, she admitted in an interview with HTML Giant: “My best writing seems to have to be forced from me by some other force but that force has to be one whose power I agree to serve.”

Reines’s first play Telephone (2009) was performed at the Cherry Lane Theater and received two Obie Awards. A re-imagining of its second act was featured as part of the Guggenheim’s Works+Process series in 2009, and the script was published in Play: A Journal of Plays in 2010. Reines’s translations include a version of Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare (2009); Jean-Luc Hennig’s The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore (2009); and Tiqqun’s Preliminary Materials Toward a Theory of the Young-Girl (2012).

Reines has taught at Columbia University and the European Graduate School, and was the Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at the University of California–Berkeley in 2009, the youngest poet to ever hold that position. She has traveled to Haiti multiple times as part of the on-going relief efforts there.

The Artist, The Writer: A Conversation Between Creative Identities

December 6th, 2014 3:00pm ET
ARTHAUS // ART TALKS, Select Art Fair, Miami, FL

A talk curated and moderated by Legacy Russell
with Amy Beecher, Bibi Deitz, Carla Gannis, and Marisa Olson

This program will explore the relationship between the identity of contemporary artist and modern writer. Using BOMB Magazine's recently published volume BOMB: The Author Interviews as springboard, an exciting selection of artists including Amy Becher, Bibi Deitz, Carla Gannis, Marisa Olson, will share excerpts from the compilation and engage in a round-table panel dialogue to discuss the acts of making art and writing texts and how bringing such things into the world play a central role within their own creative practice and discourse. 

Mercedes Benz - AMG and Lufthansa First Class Present

Curated by Jasmine Wahi

ARTHAUS // ART TALKS is a series of curated thematic discussions featuring curators and artists who are engaged with multidisciplinary art making practices. The conversations will be both informative and engaging, with time for audience members to ask questions and engage with artists. Each program will be accompanied by a cocktail hour that gives the audience the opportunity to meet with presenters.

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Legacy Russell is a writer, artist and curator. She is the London Content Partner Liaison for the online platform Artsy. She has worked at and produced programs for The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Creative Time, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Legacy is one-third of the curatorial production team Limited Time Only and Senior Editor at London publication Berfrois. In September 2011, she was appointed as Art Editor of BOMB Magazine’s renowned online journal, BOMB Daily, where she has since stayed on as a Contributing Editor. Outside of BOMB, her work can be found in a variety of publications: The White Review, Rhizome, DIS, Canteen, The Well & Often Reader, Exit Strata, The Society Pages, Guernica, Berfrois and beyond. Holding an MRes of Visual Culture with Distinction at Goldsmiths College of University of London, her creative and academic work explores mourning, remembrance, iconography, and idolatry within the public realm. Her most recent performance “The Kiss” debuted in collaboration with Clifford Owens at Danspace in New York Fall 2013 and her first solo gallery exhibition "DIRTY TALK|CLEAN FOOD" featured video work at Field Projects in New York City in Spring 2014.

Amy Beecher lives and works in New York City. Story telling is at the heart of her sculptural practice in the form of recordings, performances and artist books. Upcoming projects in 2015 include collaborations with the Shandaken Project and a solo exhibition at Providence College. She received her MFA from Yale University in Painting and Printmaking.

Bibi Deitz lives and writes in Brooklyn. Recent work has appeared in Bookforum, The Rumpus and BOMB, and is forthcoming from Berfrois and Marie Claire, addressing subjects such as characterization in Andre Dubus’s short fiction, deactivating Facebook, not faking orgasms and the absurd(ist) intersections between technology and modern love. She was born and raised in New York’s East Village, holds an MFA in fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars and edits copy at Us magazine. She is at work on a novel and recently wrote a book of short stories while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Carla Gannis is a transmedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Through digital remixing, Gannis expresses in her work the hybrid nature of identity, where virtual and real embodiments of self diverge and intersect. She is the recipient of several awards, including a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grant in Computer Arts and an Emerge 7 Fellowship from the Aljira Art Center. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibitions include “The Garden of Emoji Delights” at Kasia Kay Gallery, Chicago, Il and “ ” (in collaboration with poet Justin Petropoulos) at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Features on Gannis’s work have appeared in The Creators Project, The Huffington Post, Wired, Buzzfeed, FastCo, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Art Critical, The Wallstreet Journal, Animal, and The LA Times, among others. She is the Assistant Chair of the Dept of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Marisa Olson's interdisciplinary work addresses the cultural history of technology & the politics of pop culture, and has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Whitney Museum, New Museum, Centre Pompidou, Tate(s) Modern+Liverpool, Nam June Paik Art Center, British Film Institute, Sundance Film Festival, PS122, and PERFORMA. She's written for a number of key publications, particularly on postinternet art, performance, and photographic media, and curated projects at the Guggenheim, SFMOMA, Artists Space, White Columns, and Rhizome. She was recently an Artist-in-Residence at Eyebeam & is currently Visiting Critic at RISD.

James Hoff's Reddit AMA
November 12th, 2014 3:00pm ET

James Hoff, whose work graces the cover of BOMB 129, answers your questions on Reddit's "Ask Me Anything."

"Disruption and distribution are at the center of James Hoff’s work. He makes use of any media to best articulate a project or idea, and interrogates technology, politics, and surface only to mangle, reconfigure, break apart, and re-contextualize the subject. Hoff engages with painting in his Virus and Syndrome series, serves as editor and publisher at Primary Information (a press devoted to publishing artists' books and reprinting out-of-print editions, co-run with Miriam Katzeff), writes, lectures, and composes a variety of music-related projects. He collapses the terms artist, editor, and writer until the distinctions between them seem meaningless."
—Eli Keszler, from his interview with James Hoff.

Stuxnet No. 1, 2014, chromaluxe transfer on aluminum, 30 × 24 inches.

James Hoff will be discussing his artistic practice, publishing projects, and future endeavors this Wednesday afternoon on Reddit's open forum.   

Join the discussion here.

The Author Interviews - Launch Party

November 12th 7:00pm, 2014
Housing Works Bookstore

We are proud to announce BOMB: The Author Interviews, a new anthology drawing from over 30 years of BOMB Magazine, published by Soho Press with an introduction by Francine Prose.

The Author Interviews brings together some of the greatest figures of world literature, including Colm Tóibín, A. M. Homes, Paula Fox, Roberto Bolaño, Junot Díaz, John Edgar Wideman, Steven Millhauser, Geoff Dyer, Ben Lerner, and more. (Publishers Weekly says, “Reading their discussions feels akin to eavesdropping.”)

We’ll raise a glass with BOMB founder and editor-in-chief Betsy Sussler and Soho Press publisher Bronwen Hruska, toast the contributors, and hear revealing excerpts read by Kate Valk and Ari Fliakos of the acclaimed theater company The Wooster Group.

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Read BOMB Daily

August 13th, 2014 - 7:00pm

Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126A Front St,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

A selection of readings by contributors to BOMB Magazine's daily supplement! Featuring:

Jenn Joy
Sasha Fletcher
Bethany Ball
Michael Barron
Virginia McLure

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Sasha Fletcher is the author of it is going to be a good year (Big Lucks Books, 2015), one novella, and several chapbooks of poetry.

Jenn Joy teaches in the Sculpture department at Rhode Island School of Design. She curates Conversations without Walls with Judy Hussie-Taylor and co-edited the catalogs JUDSONOW and Diary of an Image for Danspace Project. Her recent writing has been published in DANSE: An Anthology (Les Presses du Réel, 2014), DANCE (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2012), BOMB, BOMBLOG, BLEED (a blog with Tere O’Connor) and in Planes of Composition: Dance, Theory and the Global co-edited with André Lepecki (Seagull Press, 2009). She received her PhD in Performance Studies from NYU and her book, The Choreographic, is forthcoming from MIT.

Bethany Ball was born and raised in Detroit and currently lives in New York. She has just completed a novel-in-stories called Yossi Tavili Stands in the Fields. The title story was published in BOMB Magazine last May.

Virginia McLure edits La Fovea and works at a literary agency. Previously she has edited or read for Washington Square Review, A Public Space, and The Southern Review. She has writing or translations featured or forthcoming in Asymptote, Parallax, BOMB, Bedford + Bowery, the Nashville Review, and Meridian. Her chapbook, EPITHALAMIONS FOR ANNA, was a finalist in No, Dear/Small Anchor Press's 2014 Chapbook Competition.

Michael Barron is the director of publicity and an editor at New Directions. He has written about futuristic instruments for Harper’s, inventions conceived by writers for the Believer, jazz musicians in literature for Bookforum, the great Aboriginal novel Carpenteria for Tin House, and has interviewed more than one notable drummer for BOMB. He plays in the band Megafortress.

33rd Anniversary Gala & Art Auction




2014 Poetry Contest

BOMB is excited to announce the 2014 Poetry Contest, judged by poet CAConrad.

The winner of our 2014 contest will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BOMB Magazine’s literary supplement First Proof. Deadline April 30.

Poetry Contest Submission Guidelines

• Manuscripts must include 3–5 poems.
• No more than 5 poems (max. 10 pages) per entry fee.
• Do not write a name on the actual manuscript, as all entries are considered anonymously. NON-ANONYMOUS ENTRIES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
• Poems must be previously unpublished.
• Simultaneous submissions OK, but reading fee is not refundable.
• Reading Fee: $20 inside the US—includes free one-year subscription to BOMB* (addresses outside North America add $12; Canada/Mexico add $6). 
• Deadline: April 30, 2014.

We will only be accepting online submissions. Click here to upload your manuscript and pay the reading fee (includes free one-year subscription to the magazine).

The winning poem will be published in an upcoming issue of BOMB’s First Proof. Finalists and winner announced late summer 2014. Email generalinquiries (at) bombsite (dot) com with any questions.

CAConrad is the author of six books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON (WAVE Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010). A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics.  

Visit him online at CAConrad.blogspot.com

BOMB has championed and encouraged the literary efforts of both established and emerging writers for more than a quarter-century, with a contributing editorial board that boasts contemporary luminaries such as Deborah Eisenberg, Patricia Spears Jones, Edwidge Danticat, Kimiko Hahn, Jonathan Lethem, John Haskell, and Francine Prose. 

*All subscriptions will start with the Summer 2014 issue, #128.

BOMB 129 Issue Launch

October 15th, 2014 7:00pm
Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Readings by
Claudia Rankine
Frederic Tuten

Musical performance by
James Hoff & Eli Keszler

Sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery

Photo of Claudia Rankine by John Lucas; Frederic Tuten by Dominique Nabokov

Join us for a night of literature, art, and revelry celebrating our Fall Issue.

Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric, which has won Poets and Writers' Jackson Poetry Prize and is longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award. You can read her conversation with Lauren Berlant here.

Frederic Tuten is the author of Tintin in the New World, The Green Hour, and Self Portraits, among other fiction. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Writing. His short story "Winter, 1965" appears in the Fall Issue.

James Hoff's art ranges across media, including painting in his Virus and Syndrome series and sound in works such as How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away. He is also the editor and publisher of Primary Information, which produces artists' books and reprints out-of-print editions. You can read his conversation with Eli Keszler here.

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Artist Eli Keszler began playing drums at eight and composing at twelve. This fall, he has an exhibition at List Visual Arts Center at MIT. He has collaborated with artists such as Christian Wolff, David Grubbs, C. Spencer Yeh, T-Model Ford, and Ilan Volkov with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded solo releases for labels PAN, REL Records, and ESP-DISK'.

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Sadie Benning and Jem Cohen at PS1
September 28, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

Moderated by Contributing Editor Andrew Lampert.

BOMB and The White Review present experimental filmmakers Sadie Benning and Jem Cohen in conversation, in conjunction with the New York Art Book Fair.

Jem Cohen's films are in the permanent collections of several museums and have screened widely. They include, most recently, the feature-length work Museum Hours.

Sadie Benning has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships, and has exhibited most recently at the New Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art, in Boston. Benning is known for experimental video narratives that explore aspects of identity, memory, and loss.

The Book Fair runs September 26 to 28, with a preview on the evening of September 25.

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Brooklyn Small Press Flea

June 15th, 2014 1:00 - 6:00pm
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11238

((( A summer market. )))

Books you love by presses you love.


Summer happens. That's why there's sangria.
Let us know you're coming so we can make enough.

BOMB 127 Issue Launch

March 26th, 2014

Anselm Berrigan
Gary Indiana
Lucy Ives
Jay Scheib

March 26th, 2014  7:00pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

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Jay Scheib is a 2011/12 Guggenheim Fellow, and 2012 OBIE Winner for best Direction, Scheib is a director, designer and author of plays, operas and live art events. Internationally known for works of daring physicality, genre-defying performances and deep integration of new (and used) technologies, Scheib’s productions include the season opener for New York City Opera of Thomas Adès’ opera “Powder her Face” which played to great acclaim at Brooklyn Academy of Music in February 2013 followed by performances as part of the Festival d’opéra de Québec in Canada. His latest production is Platonov, or the Disinherited, is a contemporary rewrite of an early Chekhov play.

Lucy Ives is most recently the author of Orange Roses, a collection of poems and essays, and nineties, a novel about a decade. A new book, including a novella, The Worldkillers, is forthcoming in spring 2014. She lives in New York City and is a deputy editor with Triple Canopy.

Gary Indiana is an American writer, filmmaker, and visual artist. He teaches philosophy and literature at the New School in New York City. He divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Anselm Berrigan is the author of five books of poetry: Notes from Irrelevance (Wave Books, 2011), Free Cell (City Lights Books, 2009), Some Notes on My Programming (Edge, 2006), Zero Star Hotel (Edge, 2002), and Integrity and Dramatic Life (Edge, 1999). He is the current poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and co-editor with Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2005) and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2011). A member of the subpress publishing collective, he has published Selected Poems of Steve Carey (2009) and Your Ancient See Through by Hoa Nguyen (2002). From 2003-2007 he was Artistic Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, where he also hosted the Wednesday Night Reading Series for four years. He is Co-Chair, Writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and also currently teaches writing at Pratt Institute and Brooklyn College. He was a New York State Foundation for the Arts fellow in Poetry for 2007, and has received two grants from the Fund for Poetry. He lives in New York City.

BONUS ROUND: A reading corresponding with the closing reception of the exhibition GAME SHOW

June 7th, 2014  6 PM - 10PM
@ Fowler Project Space
67 West Street, Brooklyn

Photo by Ted Carey, briefbird.com.

Frances Justine Post,
Jack Christian,
Micaela Morrissette,
Michael Coffey,
and Vincent Katz


Frances Justine Post is the author of Beast (Augury Books 2014). She is currently earning her PhD in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, where she is a Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast. Her poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and others.

Jack Christian is the author of the poetry collection Family System, which won the 2012 Colorado Prize. Recent work has appeared in The Weeklings, Sink Review, jubilat, and Carolina Quarterly.

Micaela Morrissette's fiction has been anthologized in Best American Fantasy (Prime Books), The Pushcart Prize XXXIII (Pushcart Press), Best Horror of the Year (Night Shade), The Weird (Tor and Atlantic/Corvus), and The New Black (Dark House). Periodical publications include Conjunctions (where she is the managing editor), Tor.com, Ninth Letter, and Weird Tales.

Michael Coffey is author of the poetry collections Elemenopy and 87 North, and the forthcoming collection of stories, The Business of Naming Things (Bellevue Literary Press). He is the former co-editorial director of Publishers Weekly.

Vincent Katz is a poet, critic, translator, editor, and curator. His art criticism has been published in numerous books, catalogues, and journals. He was the editor of Black Mountain College: Experiment In Art, published by MIT Press in 2002. Katz curated an exhibition on Black Mountain College for the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid in 2002, and he curated “Street Dance: The New York Photographs of Rudy Burckhardt” for the Museum of the City of New York in 2008. In 2000, he co-curated (with Lynn Gumpert) “Rudy Burckhardt and Friends: New York Artists of the 1950s and 60s” for the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, which paired Burckhardt’s portraits of artists with works by those artists. Katz has published essays or articles on the work of Jennifer Bartlett, Francesco Clemente, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Philip Taaffe, Cy Twombly, and others. His criticism has been published in Apollo, Art in America, ARTnews, Art on Paper, art press, Parkett, World of Interiors, and Tate Etc. He is the author of The Complete Elegies Of Sextus Propertius (Princeton, 2004) and Alcuni Telefonini, a collaboration with painter Francesco Clemente published by Granary Books.

Takashi Hiraide & Lynne Tillman

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Takashi Hiraide, author of The Guest Cat
&Lynne Tillman, author of What Would Lynne Tillman Do?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 7:00pm
St. Marks Bookshop
31 3rd Ave,  New York, NY 10003

Wine and Sake will be served
Presented by New Directions and BOMB

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BOMB's 30th Anniversary Gala & Silent Auction Speeches

This is a transcript of the toasts and speeches delivered during BOMB’s 30th Annual Gala & Silent Auction on April 15, 2011, at Capitale in New York City. BOMB’s Chairman of the Board, Klaus Kertess, and BOMB Trustee, Michele Gerber Klein, introduced the evening, followed by BOMB co-founder/Editor-in-Chief Betsy Sussler, who spoke about BOMB. The honorees, Marina Abramovic, Richard Armstrong, Betsy Baker, and Francine Prose, were toasted by Klaus Biesenbach, Mary Heilmann, Ellsworth Kelly, and Michael Cunningham, respectively.

Michèle Gerber-Klein Hello, I’m Michèle Gerber-Klein, and I’m here to welcome you and thank you for being at this 30th Anniversary of BOMB Magazine, and to introduce the chairman of our board, Klaus Kertess.

Klaus Kertess Hello, welcome. This is a great occasion, BOMB’s 30th Anniversary. There’s no other magazine like BOMB. There’s no place you can find artists having conversations with artists, and it’s a remarkable institution that’s been incredibly, beautifully supported by many of the artists that are here tonight. I can only encourage you to bid your hearts out and help this magazine go on. Thank you and enjoy the evening.

Betsy Sussler Hi everyone, I’m Betsy Sussler and I’m editor-in-chief and co-founder of BOMB Magazine. Hi! BOMB! Welcome! I promise you, every toast, every speech, three minutes tops. We’ve all used, you know, those little timers. BOMB began because a group of collaborators and friends, artists and writers, playwrights and directors, wanted to publish conversations that reflected the way we spoke about our work when we spoke about it among ourselves. Intimately, sometimes haltingly, sometimes intellectually, and always as a dialogue in development. In 1981, BOMB’s first issue had 12 contributing editors and, ambitious for a little magazine, a print run of 1000. Thirty years later, BOMB’s mandate to deliver the artist’s voice has made that voice an essential component of cultural discourse. Just as it should be. Now, the magazine has 90 contributing editors and a readership of 60,000. BOMB’s site features web exclusive interviews across multiple platforms for a million unique viewers, a searchable archive of over a thousand of our historical, in-depth interviews, and BOMBlog, a platform for emerging artists and writers, that has grown into a forum for 350,000 viewers and participants. What’s next? BOMB’s Oral History Project, with African-American artists, is launching this year. We intend to take our past with us as we build an artist-mandated future for generations to come. Who is this we I am referring to? We includes all of you. Our contributing editors, some of the most talented artists and writers working today; my brilliant colleagues; our dedicated, maverick trustees; the dazzling panoply of thousands and thousands of voices that make our pages and our website so exciting, so vital, and so incisive; our supporters, the artists who donate their work; and our patrons, who have been loyal and so committed. You, you, have made it possible for BOMB to reach this milestone. You are why we will be around for generations to come. To all of you sitting here tonight, this thank you is to you.

And a few thank yous, real ones. Our co-chairs: Amy Phelan, Robert Duffy, Sean and Mary Kelly, Michèle Gerber-Klein, Michael Ward Stout. Our trustees: Cary Brown-Epstein, Paul Cantor, Rosemary Carroll, Michele Oka Doner, Eric Fischl, Klaus Kertess, Heather Kirby, Michèle Gerber-Klein, Edward Nahem, Tim Nye, Ellen Phelan, Jane Rosenblum and Lybess Sweezy.

Our honorees stand for the best and the brightest, for all the artists, writers, curators, and editors whose work enriches our culture. I am honored to have with us tonight: Marina Abramović, Richard Armstrong, Betsy Baker, and Francine Prose. Arthur Danto, who was to toast Marina, is recovering, and I stress that word, recovering, from pneumonia. I know we all wish him a very speedy recovery. He sends his love to Marina two, three, four times over. Coming to the rescue, one white knight, Mr. Klaus Biesenbach, our knight in shining armor I should say; director of MoMA, PS1, and curator at large of The Museum of Modern Art, otherwise known as MoMA. Klaus!

Klaus Biesenbach I got this phone call like a half an hour ago when, I was in the taxi, that I should honor Marina, and I am very honored to honor her. On the 21st of June in 1992, at 8 PM, I met Marina Abramović. We had done our first big exhibition in Berlin: 37 rooms, 200 artists, and we had this big final discussion vernissage, roundtable with all the artists. And we were sitting there, and it ended exactly at 8:00, and the applause started, and the door opens onto the stage and Marina walks in. And it was a completely natural situation for her: there were 200 people applauding, and she thought it was for her. And I had expected the grandmother of performance art, and there she comes, in her early forties at the time. I’m just talking about time and timing and I’m gonna be fast. In 1975, Marina did, it’s actually fitting, this amazing piece, Rhythm 1, where she had 50 objects, in Naples, on a table, and for six hours she gave responsibility, she took responsibility, everybody could do whatever. So, as a curator I’m asked, “What do you like, do you like painting, do you like sculpture, do you like drawing?” I always use this as an example of a piece I really like. Imagine Marina in a room, 50 objects on a table, and the audience, for six hours, could do whatever they wanted to do. So, they burned her eyelashes and cut her on the forehead, they got her undressed, they put her on a table. Somebody puts a bullet into the gun, takes her hand, tries to pull the trigger; another person is hitting him down. In 1975, she sounds like a wild woman, right? There she is, doing this. A year later, her mother goes to the police: “My daughter didn’t return. It never happened. She didn’t come home, she left the house yesterday.” She was a very strong woman. And the police took notes, Belgrade, from Yugoslavia, and she was so worried. And then she gave the protocol, the description of what she was wearing, and then the police asked, “How old is your daughter?” and she said, “She just turned 30!” So imagine the mother looking for Marina, and it only means, I think, that her biography is somehow wrong. So what I was allowed to do at MoMA, with a woman in her early mid-sixties, I think was kind of a mid-career retrospective. So I am waiting on everything Marina is going to deliver in the next 60 years. I can’t see you behind the flowers, but here’s a bomb. To my inspiration, Marina.

Marina Abramović God, I’m so worried, when I get all these prizes lately, that I’m really going to die. You see, my grandmother, for 40 years of her life, she’d always have ready the clothes for the funeral. And the clothes were nicely ironed, and put in the cupboard. And she really loved fashion, so when polka-dots were in fashion she had polka-dotted clothes, and when stripes were in fashion she had stripes, or just plain blue or plain black. And she lived until 103. So I think it’s so good to be ready. But let’s talk about my mother. As you’re having your second course, I have a little time to tell you about my mother, as Klaus already started talking about. So when I made actually the only retrospective in Belgrade, we are talking ’75, for my performance work, I had to come home at 10 in the evening, as always. Even if I was 30. And I was coming home, and my home was dark. And I was thinking, “Oh my God, my mother is sleeping, that’s great.” But when I opened the light she was sitting in the dining room. She always looked like a general, you know, dressed up in a double-breasted suit, clothes, you know, with the brush on the right. And she was in the dark, in the silence, and she looked at me. And I didn’t know that an hour before, somebody called her from the museum and said to her, “Your daughter is hanging naked on the wall.” So I arrive, I open the door. And she had this huge crystal ashtray, and she took this ashtray and threw it at my head. Now, the ashtray is flying, and I’m thinking: “Shall I move my head? Or shall I don’t? If I don’t, the ashtray will smash my brain all over the place. But she’s going to go to prison, she’s going to pay for this.” But, I moved my head, and the ashtray just smashed the glass door behind me. And this was the moment when I really left home. This was a long story, but what I learned from my mother, for which I am grateful right now and what really made me what I am, is to never give up anything you want to do. Just never give up. Thank you so much for this award, and I would like to thank especially the people in this room who believed in me from the right beginning, Mary and Sean Kelly. I’d like to thank the Museum of Modern Art for giving me the opportunity to create situations, which really performance art comes from alternative art becoming mainstream art, finally. And I really would like to share this prize with everybody who puts his life into the performance and believes in the performance as an immaterial form of art. It’s worth it. Thank you.

Betsy Sussler Marina, Klaus, thank you very much. Mary Heilmann is going to do the next toast for Richard Armstrong, the director of the Guggenheim. I want to say just a few words about Mary, and that is that she is the art world’s very own rendition of a rock star. Painter extraordinaire, Miss Mary Heilmann.

Mary Heilmann So, this is about Richard, and I’ve been thinking all week, What am I gonna say, what am I gonna say, and everything I know about Richard is going in and out of my brain. I’ve known him forever; I was going to say since he was short, but that’s not true. I think the coolest thing about Richard is that he’s a great diplomat, and has always been moved around in his career in the art world, he’s been all over the place. Now, at the highlight of it, I saw him on Tuesday, and I heard that he had just come back from Bilbao from someone else, and then he told me he had just come back from the middle of India. So he’s the right man in the right place. Richard’s always been a diplomat. And the other interesting thing is, who knew that the art enterprise, contemporary, actually-going-on-right-now art, would have some kind of power in the world? And I think it does. And I think we’re all a part of it and Richard’s very much a part of it. And I think we can actually help the world with what we do. I remember Richard on his first date with Dorsey. We were in Sausalito, near San Francisco, sitting by the Robinson’s, these really cool collectors, swimming pool. Sitting there, looking at the pool and then looking out at the bay. And that was in the mid-’80s, so we’ve all come a long way. Richard.

Richard Armstrong Thank you, Mary. Love you. I’ll be brief, which I know disappoints everyone. I want to say about BOMB, thank you Mary, for those kind words. We, as makers of words and images, need to realize our power. And it’s great. And so for all of you who make images, and for all of you who work with words, and BOMB, which is unique in bringing those together, I salute you.

Ellen Phelan Hi, I’m Ellen Phelan, and I’ve been asked to introduce Ellsworth Kelly, who’s going to introduce Betsy Baker. I’m so honored to be doing this. I want to say “living legend, living legend,” but the pillars of the art world are extremely elegant and generous individuals. I have to say that Ellsworth has been a huge inspiration to me and I think to many, many artists of my generation, which is early Post-minimalism. He has held this ground and this territory, and has produced in-depth extremely meaningful work, a wonderful example of which closes tomorrow: the Matthew Marks show on 22nd Street, with current work that’s magnificent and an exquisite selection of drawings. A great draftsman over many, many years, Ellsworth, I love you. I’m supposed to say that the bombs are made by Tom Otterness.

Ellsworth Kelly Thank you, Ellen, I wasn’t expecting that. I am here to talk about Betsy. Anyway, everyone hasn’t read but I’m not sometimes good at ad-libbing, so I’m going to read something to you. Because Betsy deserves her prize. I am proud to present this award to Elizabeth Baker, whom I recommend as a witness to the art created in the last 50 years. She began critically writing and editing at the magazine Art News, in the 1960s, when the incredible critic Tom Hess was her editor, and continues later for many years as editor at Art in America. I met Betsy in the mid-’60s, when she and I were guests at Diane and Paul Waldman’s house, Diane from the Guggenheim, she was the curator at the Guggenheim for many, many years; Paul’s a painter. Anyway, they shared a house in Southampton at that time with Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein. I was then in nearby Bridgehampton, where I spent the summer painting in a potato barn. We all have remained very close friends. For the next 20 years, Betsy and I shared vacation houses in the Caribbean, St. Maarten, Betsy always carrying a pile of critical art papers. I remember a favorite small restaurant there; the owner offered us, with a coffee, a marijuana cigarette. Over the years, I’ve made several drawings of Betsy at the beach, reading. The earliest is from 1968. Recently I discovered one in a drawer, from 1979, and it’s on this…whatever. Oh they’re showing it, wonderful! Thank you to the tech people! Anyway, I immediately called her and offered to send it to her. She responded that she had already drawings that I had given her, and she described them. One was the same pose. Remember it, Betsy? So I told her I was going to keep mine because I had hung it up, and it made me very happy. It made me feel good. I believe when an artist looks at an older drawing, backward at it, he’s immediately there, and remembers everything about it. If the other artists here did drawings, maybe 15, 20 years ago, you don’t look at them all the time, but then you look at them and you say, “Yeah, I’m there.” It’s amazing. I don’t know if photographers feel that, but I think artists do, because you spend time drawing. And this drawing was done very quickly, and it has these flourishes and curves, and when I first did it I didn’t really care for it. I put it away. And I looked at it the other day, because I knew I was going to see Betsy and do this, and I said, “God, I like that drawing.” Anyway, here she was, reading and smiling. She looks good, doesn’t she? One foot sticking up, one hand holding the book. Anyway, once in Haiti, we rented a taxi to visit a village called Jacmel, does anyone know it? It had an alluring beach and an open-air restaurant where the women waiters were dressed in very fancy white costumes with lots of bows. Later we drove through the village, and stopped the car in the village square, where the houses were multi-colored like a Picasso theater set. The people drew close up, and a small black man saluted us. He was naked, and covered with ashes, beautifully silvery. I heard Betsy’s cry: “It’s voodoo!” Which is not too far removed from what’s happening in the art world today. Thank you, and Betsy I’m going to call you for your…whatever, I don’t have a thing to give you. Oh here it is. Oh it’s a bomb! I thought it was a pear.

Betsy Baker I always wanted a bomb. Thank you, thank you so much. Thank you Ellsworth, for that wonderful toast, and thank you for your friendship over so many years. I don’t know how you managed to reconstruct all those memories, although I think the drawing certainly helped. I have perhaps a whole other set of recollections, of other wonderful times. Anyway, I can’t thank you enough for doing this this evening. I was talking with Ellsworth today about the times when we might have met but didn’t. Our first close encounter was in Boston, when Ellsworth was at The Museum School a few years before I was in graduate school across the river at The Fog. Another near miss was in Paris, when Ellsworth spent quite a few years there, but he had returned to New York shortly before I was in Paris on a Fulbright. Speaking of Paris, and speaking of magazines and their founders, which is why we are here tonight, I wanted to make a slight digression, because during the years that I was in Paris, Rosamond Bernier had started L’ŒIL magazine which was a big inspiration for me with its strong connection to living artists, which was something not available really in the academic world, that was my main framework of reference at that time. I never met her in Paris, and I don’t think Ellsworth did either, but we all caught up with each other later, and I’m happy to say that she’s here this evening. So, from Betsy to Betsy, I want to thank you Betsy for including me in this spectacular event. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be one of the honorees at this celebratory occasion for BOMB Magazine, of which I have been long a great admirer. I would like to extend my congratulations to you for the successful three-decade run of a very exciting and clearly thriving publication. And I was incredibly impressed by the numbers that you cited a short time ago. A successful start-up is no small accomplishment. After leading off with a bang, so to speak, during three decades you have brought us voices of artists, writers, filmmakers, and many others. An incredible range, as artists of all kinds have interviewed writers of all kinds, and vice versa. And there are wonderful nuggets of fiction and nonfiction as well. BOMB remains up to the minute, but it is also a valuable historical resource. It has kept to its original purpose and maintained its integrity and seriousness, all the while surprising us at every turn. In your 10th anniversary issue, of summer 1991, I was interested by your editorial statement, because I didn’t know what lay behind the magazine’s name. I have forgotten about the precursor, in name at least, of Wyndham Lewis’s BLAST. But then you wrote that when you and your co-founders began, you thought that BOMB might last only two or three issues, and would thus be a “bomb” in the sense of a theatrical flop. I, and all of us, are so happy that you were so wrong. It has been anything but a flop, and it remains a name to contend with as well. The man at the desk at the library seemed quite perturbed when I submitted a request for it. He was reassured when I explained that it was about art and literature. Congratulations, and to everyone concerned, my thanks.

Betsy Sussler Klaus Kertess is going to be introducing our next toaster, the most wonderful novelist Michael Cunningham. Klaus?

Klaus Kertess Introducer to the introducer. Think of how long and wonderfully this could go on if we had introducers to the introducer of the introducer. Anyway, I’m honored to welcome Michael Cunningham, whom I met for the first time tonight. Like many of you, I was thrilled with his book The Hours that took me someplace I’d never been before. And the amazing interior monologues and thoughts and space that went on, and how he layered time and space and characters, so all of a sudden Virginia Woolf became a fiction, thinking about buying flowers for Mrs. Dalloway. It’s just vivid, deeply emotional, and really beautiful. So I’m really proud to be able to stand here and welcome him to introduce Francine Prose. So Michael, it’s all yours.

Michael Cunningham Hey! No, it’s not about me. We all know about Francine Prose’s extraordinary literary accomplishments. I’d like to take this opportunity to impart to you some lesser-known facts about her. She makes her own clothes, including her shoes. She raises marmosets. She’s known by several nicknames, among them Gypsy, Skipster, Wheels, Opponetta, Mrs. Auspicious, Sly, Slats, Motherload, Fan-Fan, Feather, The Dodgeful Arter, Penny Particular, Bonnet, Trickster, and Scoop Girl. She has tattoos of all the members of Pink Floyd on various parts of her body, available for viewing only to her husband Howie. She is a skilled kick-boxer. She has experimented with grafting and hybridizing. One of her hands is slightly larger than the other. Prominent among her awards and honors: Artichoke Queen (1995) of the Artichoke Festival held annually in Castroville, California; first place, Women’s Division Bus Pull at the 2003 Iron Man International; and, Woman of the Year (2009) in recognition of her behalf of the campaign to create public awareness of the importance to the American economy of Hoover Dam. A life-size sculpture of her, in butter, is kept under perpetual refrigeration, in a facility in northern Minnesota. Many distinguished and well-endowed universities are bidding on her brain. MAC has recently introduced a lipstick called “Francine.” She’s a friend to woodland creatures. Do not believe anyone who tries to convince you she’s wearing candy pants. She is frequently referred to as the Snow White of her generation, although unlike Snow White, she does not require rescue at the hands of any royal personage. She invented duct tape. She is engaged in an ongoing search for the red gladiola. In preparation for this event, she has learned the name of every person present. It’s an honor to honor Francine Prose.

Francine Prose Michael, how did you know? Is all that in my Wikipedia entry? It’s a great honor, and a great honor to be introduced by Michael, and what I want to say is leaving the dinner you should all immediately start reading his most recent novel By Nightfall, which is not only set in the art world, the subject of some interest to some of you, but also, in case you’re considering having an existential crisis in the next few months, just let his protagonist have it for you and you won’t have to bother. When I started reading BOMB, which was around the time it started appearing, the idea of appearing in BOMB in any way, I mean, even in an advertisement, seemed to me like getting the Oscar. So, in the early ’90s I was interviewed for BOMB by my great friend Deborah Eisenberg who’s here. And what I remember was that I got a call from the transcriber transcribing the interview who said that because the tonal quality of our voices were so similar, she couldn’t tell who was asking the questions and who was answering. And we just said, “Well, just divide it up at random, it doesn’t matter.” The other thing I remember was Debbie saying, “Betsy Sussler is someone who does everything right.” And this is as true now as it ever was, so I’d like to thank Betsy for keeping this magazine alive, this magazine from which I’ve learned practically everything I know about art. And for its belief in the importance of what we do. So thank you all, and thanks, Bets.

Betsy Sussler You now all get to eat, drink, and be merry, please! And dessert and coffee, just so you know, will be served back out on the foyer so you can get to mingle with all of these fabulous people at all of these fabulous tables. And until then, enjoy yourselves, and after that, buy art!

Downtown Literary Festival, 2014

Opening happy hour at Housing Works

Friday, April 11, 6PM - 8PM.
RSVP here but it's not required: https://www.facebook.com/events/222500584617710/

The festival is from 10:30AM to 5PM on Sunday, April 13.
The full schedule is below and at downtownliteraryfestival.org, as well as on Facebook and the McNally Jackson site.

The Complete Schedule: Sunday, April 13, 2014


10:30AM: Baby and Kids Storytime and Singalong With Amy and Jo (ages 0–4)
Amy Virginia Buchanan and Jo Firestone are taking their weekly Storytime and giving it a downtown New York makeover. Start your day off with some reading, dancing, singing, and plenty of smiles. Geared for the 0–4 year old crowd but plenty fun for the grown ups joining them. To see what else Amy and Jo get up to, go to amyvirginia.com and meatballpresents.com, and come by Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Wednesdays at 10:30am to keep playing with them!

11AM: The Joshua Show (all ages!)
Come celebrate what makes you uniquely you with award winning puppeteer Joshua Holden and his friend, Mr. Nicholas (the sock puppet). A combination of puppets, music, comedy, whimsy, abundant joy, and just a smattering of tap dancing, this modern day Mr. Rogers will keep you smiling throughout the entire show. Perfect for all ages (grown ups too!) The Joshua Show was awarded Best in Performance and Audience Favorite at the Puppeteers of America’s National Festival and you can catch Joshua and Mr. Nicholas online as well at www.theambassadorofjoy.com

11:30AM: Everyone Together Now! With Amelia Robinson (ages 4-8)
Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills invites families with young children to discover a world of music through original interactive songs. She will be playing from the Mil’s Trills debut album, Everyone Together Now, featuring music that dips into the genres of urban funk, blues, honky tonk and calypso. She has previously performed at Lincoln Center, BAM, TriBeCa Film Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was recently featured on Michelle Obama’s “Songs for a Healthier America.” Come sing and dance with us and then see more of Amelia at milstrills.com. Perfect for ages 4–8.

12PM: Storytime With Rafael Jefferson and Guest Author Greg Foley (ages 5–8)
Award-winning author-illustrator Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He now designs and creative-directs Visionaire , V Magazine, and VMAN and lives in Greenwich Village, New York. He is also the author-illustrator of Willoughby & the Lion and Willoughby & the Moon.


Photo booth: pose with your favorite book
Literary advice from Fiona Maazel, Katie Roiphe, Justin Taylor, Adam Wilson
Alice Notley book club with Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig
Rosie Schaap recommends drinks to pair with your favorite books and characters
No Regrets with n+1
Live tweeting from festival authors

Signings from festival authors will occur half an hour after their event ends; for example, readers from an event at 1PM will be signing at 2:30PM

Festival events will start on the hour indicated and last 45 minutes, allowing attendees enough time to move between venues when desired.

Bowery Poetry Club

11AM: Natives and Newcomers: How Open Is New York City?
Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, and Katie Kitamura discuss living in the city as a non-native New Yorker and the extent to which it can ever be called home.

12PM: Fast Talking: Downtown Writing From the Archives of BOMB, Guernica, Harper’s, and The Paris Review
Nicholas Elliott and Andrew Durbin read from a BOMB piece about John Waters and Dennis Cooper; “How to Be the Black Person Reading How to Be Black” from Guernica; Jesse Barron introduces Francine Prose for Harper’s, and a performance of a James Thurber interview from The Paris Review.

1PM: Vice and Virtue: Stories of Sin and Salvation
Tales of drink, drug, sex and more with Stephen Elliott, Saeed Jones, Trisha Low, Rosie Schaap, and Elissa Schappell.

2PM: “The City Drifting”: Celebrating the Poetry of Alice Notley
Timothy Donnelly, Lynne Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Charif Shanahan, Erika Caufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones read a cherished poem by Alice Notley. The festival celebrates a poet who epitomizes downtown literary culture each year; last year’s inaugural festival featured Frank O’Hara.

3PM: The Tale of Two Cities: Richard Price and Francine Prose in Conversation
The growing wealth gap has meant that contemporary downtown New York City no longer resembles the affordable, inclusive, and diverse enclave it used to be. Two born-and-bred New Yorkers, authors Richard Price and Francine Prose, discuss the city’s shifting economic landscape.

4PM: After Hours: A Literary Cabaret
A celebration of literary culture after dark with Charles Bock, Joshua Ferris, Adam Fitzgerald, Heidi Julavits, Uzoamaka Maduka, Rachel Syme, Colm Toibin, Edmund White, and Lucas Wittmann.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

12PM: The Greatest 3-Minute Bad Apartment Stories
Bad roommates, bed bugs, broker fees, slum lords, and more: life in a New York City apartment. With stories from Maggie Serota, Sari Botton, Bob Powers, Jen Doll and Tyler Coates. Hosted by Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Tobias Carroll.

1PM: Graphically New York: The City as Character
From superheroes to antiheroes, the cityscape of New York has long played a crucial role in graphic stories. A visual presentation from Gabrielle Bell, MK Reed, and Julia Wertz.

2PM: Slaughterhouse 90210: Downtown Movies Edition
Maris Kreizman, creator of the mega-popular blog and book-to-be Slaughterhouse 90210, on the intersection of New York City movies and literature, with storytelling by Katie Heaney, Teddy Wayne, and Adam Wilson.

3PM: Closing Time: Stories of Shuttered New York City Venues
It seems for every new music venue in this city, two close or are shut down. Writers and musicians Stacey D’Erasmo, Nelson George, Porochista Khakpour, Nathan Larson, Alan Light, Marc Spitz and more tell stories of the empty pools, DIY spaces, concert halls, and arenas that have closed their doors but live on in the hearts of bands and fans.

4PM: NYC Through the Decades: The 1950s
The launch of a perennial event for the Downtown Literary Festival, in which each year the festival will focus on a single decade in New York City literary culture. This year, the 1950s: David Gilbert will discuss Hitchcock’s Rear Window; Amor Towles on Robert Franks’ The Americans photographs; David Goodwillie on Delmore Schwartz and more.

Wendy's Subway Benefit

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BOMB invites you to a benefit event to support Wendy's Subway.

Readings by:
Lisa Robertson
Kate Zambreno
Rob Fitterman
Alan Felsenthal
Simon Van Booy

Performance by Raha Raissnia + Panagiotis Mavridis: "Vioi"
Raha Raissnia: composite projection of 16mm film
Panagiotis Mavridis: homemade instruments

Participatory performance by Chloë Bass

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Wendy’s Subway is a 24-hour library, reading room, workspace, and meeting space for writers, artists, and readers, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Founded in January 2014, it houses an ever-growing, non-circulating art and poetry library, and is an open office environment for work, reading, and community events. It's also home to Blonde Art Books and Cluster Mag.

As a journal that has celebrated conversations and collaborations between artists for 33 years, BOMB feels strongly that the mission of Wendy's Subway is in line with our own, and we want to help foster the growth of the organization into a haven for art-making and intellectual exchange.

Sponsored by [BEER provided by] Sixpoint Brewery

Suggested $10 donation at the door.

Contemporary Poetry @ NADA New York

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

12-6pm in the upstairs Tacombi lounge.
Curated by Sam Gordon

Contemporary Dancing, 2013 at NADA New York curated by Cafe Dancer and Sam Gordon. Performance: Rebecca Brooks.
Photo: Vincent Dilio (With Feature Inc., Cary Smith, David Shaw, Alex Brown, Richard Kern and Douglas Melini)

12pm: Alina Gregorian / Ana Bozičević / Andrew Durbin / Angelo Nikolopoulos / Ben Fama

1pm: Billy Merrell / Corrine Fitzpatrick / Daniel Feinberg / Deanna Havas / Dorothea Lasky

2pm: Elizabeth Reddin / Ed Spade / Emily Skillings / Hansa Bergwall / Jamie Townsend

3pm: Joseph Bradshaw / Juliana Huxtable / Karen Lepri / Leopoldine Core / Matt Longabucco

4pm: Monica McClure / Rickey Laurentiis / Saeed Jones / Simone Kearney / Sophia Le Fraga

5pm: Stephen Motika / Svetlana Kitto / Ted Dodson / Zachary Pace / Adam Fitzgerald


NADA is pleased to present Contemporary Poetry, a marathon reading by 30 emerging and recognized New York based poets curated by Sam Gordon. The program will be held on Saturday, May 10th, 12-6pm at NADA New York in the upstairs Tacombi lounge.

When Frank O'Hara wrote "Having a Coke with You", poetry and painting walked hand in hand through the streets of New York. Contemporary Poetry collects a group of poets today, connected by varying degrees, once again engaged with artists in moments of dialogue and exchange.

The series of readings will be accompanied by a Contemporary Poetry zine scheduled to launch May 9th at Printed Matter at NADA New York. The publication will feature work from presenting poets and more. Additional contributors include Bianca Stone, Elaine Kahn, Litia Perta, Paul Legault, Trisha Low.

This program is dedicated in memory of Hudson. Special thanks to Kevin Killian for his generosity and Ed Spade for inspiration.

About Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Poetry is inspired by the following previous generations of writers and poets whose work also found itself in conversation with the art and artists of the day. From major literary icons to underground legends this list of names gathers a range of poets and writers who have influenced each other and this new generation. Many of them are in direct contact with the poets in the program. Reading together, publishing each other's work, and mentoring this next wave of writers, many also write reviews of artist's exhibitions and collaborate on interdisciplinary projects. This list both acknowledges the past and contextualizes the present within a lineage of language intersecting with art history: Kathy Acker, Hilton Als, John Ashbery, Dodie Bellamy, Joe Brainard, William S. Burroughs, Dennis Cooper, Bruce Hainley, Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Robert Gluck, Kenneth Goldsmith, Barbara Guest, Gary Indiana, Kevin Killian, Kenneth Koch, Wayne Koestenbaum, Chris Kraus, Steve LaFreniere, Cookie Muller, Eileen Myles, Frank O'Hara, Rene Ricard, James Schuyler, Jack Spicer, Gertrude Stein, Lynne Tillman, Laurie Weeks, David Wojnarowicz, and Linda Yablonsky.

About Sam Gordon
Sam Gordon is an artist and curator living and working in Brooklyn, NY; he holds a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. From 1997 through 2013 Gordon's painting, drawing, photography, and video work was regularly presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions at Feature Inc. His work is included in the collections of the Museum Of Modern Art, New York and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, and has been exhibited at international venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN; Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT; Kunsthaus, Hamburg, DE; The Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Co; and MoMA / P.S.1, Long Island City, NY. In 2001 he was an Artist in Residence at the Claude Monet Foundation, Giverny, France and wrote about his time there in an artist book published by Feature Inc. in 2004. Gordon's recent curatorial projects include Contemporary Dancing, with Cafe Dancer, during NADA New York 2013 and the upcoming PURPLE STATES for Andrew Edlin Gallery opening in June. An exhibition of collaborative work by Fowler/Gordon with the Los Angeles based Eve Fowler, will open at The Bas Fisher Invitational in Miami in December 2014.

We ♥ Tyrant Books

BLAH 0 The Franklin Park Reading Series is throwing a party for Tyrant Books to celebrate the release of two new groundbreaking novels — Blake Butler’s SKY SAW and Sam Michel’s STRANGE COWBOY.

Butler, the Atlanta-based literary pioneer and author of iconic works like the memoir Nothing and novel-in-stories Scorch Atlas, and Michel, a fiction writer George Saunders calls “a smart, manic, virtuosic stylist,” will read from their latest work. They’ll be joined by short fiction author and novelist Noy Holland and poet/fiction writer Kendra Grant Malone.

This event is FREE, and we’ll have a $4 pint drink special.

PLUS, what may be the greatest lit raffle of all time: prizes will include a set of 5 Tyrant books (Sky Saw and Strange Cowboy, Brian Evenson’s coveted novella Baby Leg, Michael Kimball’s masterpiece Us, and Eugene Marten’s acclaimed novel Firework), 5 issues of the New York Tyrant lit journal, and subscriptions to BOMB.


618 St. Johns Place, between Classon and Franklin Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Subway: 2/3/4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue

BLAKE BUTLER is the author, most recently, of the novel Sky Saw. His other books include Nothing, There Is No Year, Scorch Atlas, and Ever. Next year, his third novel, 300 Million, will be released by Harper Perennial. He lives in Atlanta and runs the lit blog HTMLGIANT.

SAM MICHEL is the author of Under the Light, Big Dogs and Flyboys, and Strange Cowboy.

NOY HOLLAND’s collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2), What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf.) She has published work in Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Ploughshares, The Milan Review, Western Humanities Review, The Believer, NOON, New York Tyrant, and Post Road, among others. She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has taught for many years in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, as well as at Phillips Andover and the University of Florida. She serves on the board of directors at FC2.

KENDRA GRANT MALONE was born in 1984. Her first book of poetry, Everything is Quiet, was published by Scrambler Books in 2010. Her second book of poetry, Morocco, co-written with Matthew Savoca, was published by Dark Sky Books in 2011. She lives in Brooklyn. Read more about her at kendragrantmalone.com.

Fall Launch Party and Talent Show

Join us for a showcase featuring the talented contributors to BOMB 121. With Katie Bell, Laurie Foos, Amy Herzog, Jamie Manrique and Susanna Moore.

Sunday, October 7th, 2012 at 7pm
BookCourt, 163 Court St. Brooklyn

BOMB 121: Lucy Raven, Josiah McElheny, Susanna Moore, Kurt Andersen, Miguel Gutierrez, Haim Steinback, Six Organs of Admittance, Sir Richard Bishop, Amy Herzog, Jamie Manrique, Edith Grossman, Pedro Serrano, Ben Ehrenreich, Alain de Botton* and many many more



presented by Printed Matter, Inc.
September 28–30, 2012
Preview: Thursday, September 27, 6–9 pm
Free and open to the public

Printed Matter presents the seventh annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 28 to 30, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 27.

Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from over twenty countries.

Over 15,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and other enthusiasts attended the NY Art Book Fair in 2011.


BOMB’s Poetry Smackdown

Twelve Poets compete in a read-off to win the love of the audience and eternal glory. The first 50 people who attend will get a free chapbook of poetry by our contestants. Part of LitCrawl NYC

61 2nd Avenue, Dempsey’s Pub
Saturday, September 15th

MC: Leigh Stein

Elissa Bassist – The Rumpus
Jason Diamond – Vol. 1 Brooklyn/Flavorwire
Jozeph Herceg – BOMB Magazine Online Poetry Editor

Melissa Broder
Sasha Fletcher
Sarah Gerard
Jennifer L. Knox
Jason Koo
Austin LaGrone
Dorothea Lasky
Dan Magers
Ben Pease
Bianca Stone
Brian Trimboli
M.A. Vizsolyi

Literary Death Match: Battle of the Genres

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson)
September 13. Doors at 6, show at 7:15
$10 pre-order, $15 at the door


In this battle of fiction vs non-fiction, writers representing NY-based magazines compete to determine, once and for all, which is the stronger genre. The evening’s writers/combatants are Matt Sumell (Electric Literature), Courtney Maum (BOMB Magazine), Jason Diamond (Vol. 1 Brooklyn), and Tina Rosenberg (The Atavist). And the judges panel features Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats), Touré (Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?) and Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing). Hosted by LDM founder, Todd Zuniga.


BOMB and 92Y Tribeca proudly presentThe La Di Da Film Festival
September 14th and 15th

The La Di Da film festival, curated by Miriam Bale is launching this September at 92Y Tribeca. La Di Da is a small scale festival celebrating an exciting new generation of low-budget movies rooted in the traditions of American independent film.


The North American premiere of Kuichisan directed by Maiko Endo

Gorgeous yet audacious documentary images of Koza—a town in Okinawa, Japan that is not quite Japanese and not quite American—are filmed in 16mm by Sean Price Williams in Maiko Endo’s breathtaking directorial debut.

Marvin, Seth and Stanley directed by Stephen Gurewitz

Good natured Marvin (Marvin Gurewitz) summons estranged sons Seth (Alex Karpovsky), a smug careerist going through a divorce, and Stanley (Stephen Gurewitz), a delicate aspiring actor, for a father-son bonding fishing trip that totally falls apart.

The World Premiere of Open Five 2 – directed by Kentucker Audley

In his fourth film, Audley reveals himself to be an American director with Rivette’s interests in improvisation and experimentation and Cassavetes’ interest in using his own relationships to plunge the depths of raw emotion. Starring Audley, Caroline White, Jake Rabinbach, and Z Behl.

Sun Don't Shine directed by Amy Seimetz

A sweaty fever dream, this beige and garishly colored Florida noir was filmed under the oppressive bright light of high noon on 16mm by Jay Keitel. After producing and acting in dozens of indie films, Amy Seimetz makes her directorial debut with this lovers-on-the-run film starring Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley, who both give astonishing, unforgettable performances as a couple caught in an electric current of panic while trying desperately to escape everything.

With a Shorts Program featuring:

The Black Balloon — Directors: Benny and Josh Safdie

Family Nightmare — Director: Dustin Guy Defa

Me the Terrible — Director: Josephine Decker — NY Premiere

Circles — Director: Sam Fleischner — World Premiere

People Parade — Directors: Chris Maggio and John Wilson — NY Premiere

Full schedule available ONLINE


Summer Launch Party and Talent Show

Join us for a showcase featuring the talented contributors to BOMB 120. With Joshua Cohen, Wayne Koestenbaum, Justin Lieberman, Lynn Melnick and B. Wurtz

Monday, July 16th at 7pm, BookCourt

BOMB 120: Danny Lyon, Susan Meiselas, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Wayne Koestenbaum, Ralph Lemon, Cass McCombs and Ariel Pink, Tom Murphy, Colm Tóibín, John Newman, B. Wurtz, Brian Evenson, Joshua Cohen, Lynn Melnick and more.


Deutsche Bank New Media and Arts Fellowship Screening

Join us for the screening of short films by local high school students participating in the 651 ARTS New Media and Arts Fellowship program.

Thursday, June 7 2012 | 7:00pm
Health Sciences Building Room HS121
Long Island University | 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn
Free Admission
RSVP to rsvp@651ARTS.org
Or call: 718.636.4181 x2229
Visit www.651ARTS.org for more info.

651 ARTS, in collaboration with BOMB Magazine, is pleased to announce a new 651 ARTS education initiative for local high school students — the Deutsche Bank New Media & Arts Fellowship.  The Fellowship is a 6-month program that gives young people access to professionals from all facets of the performing arts world. Along with multiple in-depth technology-based workshops taught by BOMB Magazine staff, the Fellows will be interacting with several accomplished performing arts professionals, experiencing live performance as journalists, and creating stories about these performances using new media technologies. The program interweaves education, production, documentation, marketing and community engagement efforts.

After an intensive application process, 14 students were chosen for the inaugural year from Urban Assembly School of Music and Art, Paul Robeson High School, Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School, Williamsburg Preparatory High School and Health Professions and Human Services High School. The program is principally supported by Deutsche Bank and in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural affairs in partnership with the City Council and Council member Letitia James.


BOMB at Book Court

BOMB’s Mónica de la Torre moderates a conversation between artists Daniel Wiener, Michelle Segre and Sheila Pepe.

Thursday, May 24th at 7pm
Book Court
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Join us at Book Court for a night of intimate conversation with three of New York’s most exciting young sculptors.

Sheila Pepe lives and works in Brooklyn and also serves as Acting Assistant Dean, School of Art & Design, Pratt Institute. She is a 2011 Anonymous Was A Woman award winner and recipient of an Art Matters Grant to produce the last in the series “Common Sense” in Athens, Greece this May. Pepe’s most recent exhibition, “Participant Inc. Presents Pepe & Puntar’s Lucid Dream Lounge with Invited Guests,” opens Sunday, April 29 on the Lower East Side. She is represented by Sue Scott Gallery in New York and will have her first solo show with them in November 2012.

Michelle Segre was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1965. Segre was awarded an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2011. In addition to solo exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles, Segre has been included in several group shows in the United States and abroad. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. She currently teaches at New York University. Segre is represented by Derek Eller Gallery in New York.

Daniel Wiener is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Though he is known primarily for intense and viscerally arresting sculptures, Daniel also works on watercolors, 3-D animations, and website design. This summer he will exhibit his sculpture outdoors for the first time at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, New York.


Poetry & Pie!
Tin House, A Public Space, Ugly Duckling Presse and BOMB present an evening of Pie and Poetry!
Poetry from Cate Marvin, Matthea Harvey, Matvei Yankelevich, and Karen Weiser, and pie for sale from Four and Twenty Blackbirds.

Tuesday, May 8, 7:00pm
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 3rd Avenue (at 8th street)
Brooklyn NY 11215

Our Readers:

Cate Marvin's first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. Her poems have appeared in The New England Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Fence, The Paris Review, The Cincinnati Review, Slate, Verse, Boston Review, and Ninth Letter. She is co-editor with poet Michael Dumanis of the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. Her second book of poems is Fragment of the Head of a Queen.

Matthea Harvey is the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. Her third book of poems, Modern Life was a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. An illustrated erasure, titled Of Lamb, with images by Amy Jean Porter, was published by McSweeney’s in 2010.

Karen Weiser is a mother, poet and doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying early American literature. She is the author of a full-length book of poems, To Light Out, released from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2010, as well as numerous chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Well Greased, The Poetry Project Newsletter, The Chicago Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Canary, and others. At the moment she is working on a manuscript in conversation with Herman Melville’s crazily weird novel Pierre.

Matvei Yankelevich‘s books and chapbooks include Boris by the Sea, The Present Work, and Writing in the Margin. His writing has appeared in Action Yes!, Boston Review, Damn the Caesars, Fence, Open City, Tantalum, Typo, Zen Monster, and other little magazines. His translations from Russian have cropped up in Calque, Circumference, Harpers, New American Writing, Poetry, and the New Yorker and in some anthologies. His translations of Daniil Kharms were collected in Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms.


Etgar Keret’s New York Launch for
Suddenly, A Knock at the Door

Etgar Keret in conversation with Lorin Stein + silent auction

Sunday, April 29
from 6 – 8 pm
powerHouse Arena in DUMBO
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

FSG Originals, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Tumblr, BOMB and Brooklyn Brewing Co. celebrate the publication of Etgar Keret’s newest book “Suddenly, a Knock at the Door” with an reading, conversation and silent auction. Proceeds from the auction, which includes donations from David Polonsky, Tatia Rosenthal, and Asaf Hanuka, and Something out of Something Art and Design contest winner Joshua Simpson will benefit PEN American Center. Paris Review editor Lorin Stein will be on the hand that evening to interview Etgar Keret on stage. A short reading will follow.


The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard
With Anselm Berrigan, Lee Ann Brown, Michael Brownstein, Bill Corbett, Donna Dennis, Larry Fagin, Ed Friedman, Brad Gooch, Michael Lally, Keith McDermott, Thurston Moore, Charles North, Ron Padgett, David Shapiro, Johnny Stanton, Tony Towle, Anne Waldman, Lewis Warsh and Edmund White.


Wednesday, April 18
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
131 E. 10th St. (at 2nd Ave.)

Join us to celebrate The Library of America’s publication of The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard. Its 450 pages present, for the first time, the full range of Brainard’s writing in all its deadpan wit, madcap inventiveness, self-revealing frankness, and generosity of spirit. With Anselm BerriganLee Ann BrownMichael BrownsteinBill CorbettDonna DennisLarry FaginEd FriedmanBrad GoochMichael LallyKeith McDermottThurston MooreCharles NorthRon PadgettDavid ShapiroJohnny StantonTony TowleAnne WaldmanLewis WarshEdmund White. Reading followed by reception. Co-presented with The Library of America and BOMB Magazine.


The LOVE BOMB Reading & Party

With readings by Tina Chang, Alexander Chee, Myla Goldberg, Robin Beth Schaer, and Alina Simone

Monday, February 6
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Please RSVP: rsvp@powerHouseArena.com

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with BOMB Magazine for an evening of readings, wine, music, and conversation. Hear novelists, poets, artists, and performers bare their souls through verse, music, and sequential art. Featured readers include Tina ChangAlexander CheeRobin Beth Schaer, and Alina Simone, who will also be performing. Myla Goldberg will be presenting a collaborative comics slideshow she created with Jason Little. With some mashup videos and other surprises, this will be a fun-filled night of fiction, poetry, music, and art that will warm your heart as well as your libido. Complimentary drinks will help! Featured readers and performers include:

Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang was raised in New York City. She is the author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses and Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books) and co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008) along with Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar. Her poems have appeared in American Poet, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, the New York Times among others. Her work has also been anthologized in Identity Lessons, Poetry Nation, Asian American Literature, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems and in Poetry 30: Poets in Their Thirties. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, the Van Lier Foundation among others. She currently teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.

Alexander Chee was born in Rhode Island, and raised in South Korea, Guam and Maine. He is a recipient of the 2003 Whiting Writers’ Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in Fiction and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Ledig House, the Hermitage and Civitella Ranieri. His first novel, Edinburgh (Picador, 2002), is a winner of the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Booksense 76 selection. In 2003, Out Magazine honored him as one of their 100 Most Influential People of the Year. His essays and stories have appeared in Granta.com, Out, The Man I Might Become, Loss Within Loss, Men On Men 2000, His 3 and Boys Like Us. He has taught at the New School, Wesleyan, Amherst College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University. He lives in New York City and blogs at Koreanish. Read his interview with Daniel Clowes on BOMBlog.

Myla Goldberg is the author of three novels, including the bestselling Bee Season, which was a New York Times Notable Book for 2000, winner of the Border’s New Voices Prize and a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s and Failbetter, among other places, and her book reviews have appeared in the New York Times and Bookforum.

Jason Little is the author of the graphic novels Shutterbug Follies and Motel Art Improvement Service, as well as the Xeric Award-winning comic Jack’s Luck Runs Out. His work has appeared internationally and in many American comics anthologies. He performs regularly with Carousel, a New York–based multimedia comics slideshow series, and teaches cartooning at the School for Visual Arts.

Robin Beth Schaer’s poems have appeared in Tin House, The Awl, Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, and Prairie Schooner, among others. She has received fellowships from Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Saltonstall Foundation, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches writing at Cooper Union and Marymount Manhattan College, and occasionally ships out to sea as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty.

Alina Simone is a singer and writer who lives in Brooklyn. Her music has earned props from places like Pitchfork, Spin, New York Magazine, the New Yorker, NPR, BBC and the New York Times. Her first book of essays, You Must Go and Win, about Russia and indie rock, was published by Faber in June. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine, as well as online at McSweeney’s and the Wall Street Journal. Read her story Late Bloomers on BOMBlog.


BOMB Reading & Holiday Party @ KGB

With readings by Paul La Farge, Sean Madigan Hoen, and Kirsten Kaschock.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
85 East 4th St.
Manhattan, NY
FREE to the Public!

Join BOMB Magazine for a reading at the legendary KGB Bar’s Sunday Night Fiction Series, curated by Suzanne Dottino, featuring BOMB Issue 118 contributors Paul La Farge, Sean Madigan Hoen, and Kirsten Kaschock from their recent works. Come for the literature and then stay for the drinks and mingle with the BOMB staff.

Paul La Farge is the author of two novels: The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999) and Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter. His short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Harper’s Magazine, Fence, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. His nonfiction appears in The Believer, Bookforum, Playboy, and Cabinet. He lives in upstate New York and teaches at Bard College.

Sean Madigan Hoen was raised in Dearborn, Michigan, and currently lives in Brooklyn. His story, Label, won the 2011 BOMB Fiction Prize, judged by Rivka Galchen. It is his first publication. He is at work on a memoir and a collection of short fiction.

Kirstin Kaschock is the author of two books of poetry, A Beautiful Name for a Girl and Unfathoms. Her first novel, Sleight, is available from Coffee House Press. She has earned a PhD in English from the University of Georgia and is currently a doctoral fellow in dance at Temple University. Kirsten lives with her three sons and their father in Philadelphia.


The Adventures of Mao on the Long March

A Marathon Reading Presented by The New Inquiry, BOMB Magazine and ForYourArt

Sunday, December 4th, 2:30–8:00 PM
The Jane Hotel
113 Jane Street
New York, NY

On December 4, 2011, The New Inquiry, BOMB Magazine, and ForYourArt will host a marathon reading of Frederic Tuten’s visionary first novel, The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, published in 1971. This five-hour festival, free and open to the public, will bring together hundreds of participants, including some of America’s most notable artists, novelists, poets, musicians, and filmmakers, to read the full text of Tuten’s avant-garde masterwork. The Marathon Reading marks the finale of New Directions Publishing’s year-long celebration of their 75th Anniversary.

The Adventures of Mao on the Long March presents the most heroic episode of the Chinese Revolution as mythopoeic odyssey in a radically experimental narrative style that freely mixes fiction, fact, citation, and parody. This literary collage becomes part fable, part newsreel, part pamphlet, part Emerson, part Lichtenstein, and part Godard. While Mao is an icon for for the American literary avant-garde and contemporary visual art, the book’s experimentalism continues to resonate with new readers raised on the mash-up aesthetics of the Internet age.

Featured readers will include Linsey Abrams, Michael Almereyda, Kurt Andersen, Laurie Anderson, Jon Robin Baitz, Véronique Béghain, Ross Bleckner, Thomas Bolt, Cecily Brown, Lori Marie Carlson, Mary Ann Caws, Jerome Charyn, Clifford Chase, Michael Coffey, Lydia Davis, Mónica de la Torre, Jim Drummond, Deborah Eisenberg, Adam Ende, Barbara Epler, Francisco Goldman, Brad Gooch, Francine Gray, Adam Green, John Haskell, Amy Hempel, Oscar Hijuelos, A.M. Homes, Richard Howard, Dakota Jackson, Ben Janse, Wayne Koestenbaum, Bettina Korek, Anne Kreamer, Paul La Farge, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Douglas Light, Phillip Lopate, Karen Marta, Patricia Marx, J.W. McCormack, Edward Mendelson, Gregory R. Miller, Walter Mosley, Linda Norden, Sarah Paley, Robert Polito, Ernesto Quiñonez, Jonathan Rabinowitz, Dawn Raffel, Rachel Rosenfelt, David Salle, Grace Schulman, Wallace Shawn, Aurelie Sheehan, Geoffrey Smith, Iris Smyles, James Suffern, Betsy Sussler, Hannah Tennant-Moore, Lynne Tillman, James Traub, Lily Tuck, Edmund White, and Andrew Zornoza, with a special appearance by Chairman Mao from Pedro Reyes’ Baby Marx project.

The Adventures of Mao on the Long March Reading Marathon is sponsored by Google Places. Check the website for more details, including chances to win some sweet prizes.

Please contact Paul Morris with questions at 718.636.9100×104.


National Book Awards After-Party

Presented by The National Book Foundation and BOMB Magazine

Wednesday, November 16th, 10:00 PM–1:00 AM
Immediately following the Awards Dinner and Ceremony
The Cipriani
55 Wall Street
New York, NY

​RSVP by November 10 to rsvp@bombsite.com*

BOMB is excited to co-host to After-Party for the 62nd Annual National Book Awards, presented by the National Book Foundation. Join BOMB’s staff, contributors, and friends from the art and literary communities as we celebrate the achievements of all the nominees and winners. The After-Party will commence immediately following the Awards Dinner & Ceremony in the upper level balcony of Cipriani. Featuring DJ Rabbi Darkside.

Space is limited, reservations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For questions about this event, please contact Paul W. Morris at 718.636.9100 x104.



Featuring Tav Falco & Erik Morse, with special guest Kenneth Goldsmith

Wednesday, November 16, 6:30—8:30 PM
powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY
For more information, please call 718.666.3049

“These books put the psycho back in psychogeography, and history seldom gets this personal."
– Luc Sante, author

BOMB is proud to team up with performer Tav Falco and cultural critic Erik Morse as they present their MONDO MEMPHIS book tour! Come by and listen and Falco and Morse talk with Kenneth Goldsmith, featured in BOMB’s current issue, on topics including fantasy, urbanity, topography, and writing cities and suburbs as sources of imagination, sensuality, horror and architectonics.

MONDO MEMPHIS, an ambitious work on American history and culture, is a dual, 450-page encyclopedic history and psychogeography of the city of Memphis, written by legendary performer Tav Falco and cultural critic Erik Morse. MONDO MEMPHIS incorporates original history of the Gothic South, urban legends, rural fables, and literary clichés that have made the Bluff City simultaneously a metropolis of dreams and a necropolis of terrors.

Tav Falco is an American musician/performer, film-maker, and photographer. He has led the psychedelic rock-and-roll group Tav Falco’s Panther Burns since 1979.

Erik Morse is an American author, rock writer and journalist. He is a contributing writer for Frieze, The Believer, Bookforum, MOJO, and Boston Review. He is the author of Dreamweapon—Spacemen 3 and the Birth of Spiritualized.

Kenneth Goldsmith is an American poet. He is the founding editor of UbuWeb, teaches Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and is Senior Editor of PennSound.


BOMB Reading (The Pinch) @ FOWLER ARTS

With readings by Paul Legault, B.C. Edwards, Sarah Gerard, and Luke Degnan

Friday, October 21st, 7–9 pm
Fowler Arts Collective
67 West Street #216 (2nd Fl)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

Please join us for a BOMB reading on Friday, Oct. 21st from 7-9 pm at the Fowler Arts Collective gallery. This reading is taking place in conjunction with the art show, The Pinch, in which three local artists share their attempts to articulate something about the value of art in a time of economic hardship. Hear some words. See some art. Taste some ice cold beer.

Paul Legault is the author of The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010) and The Other Poems (Fence, 2011). He co-edits the translation press Telephone Books and works at the Academy of American Poets. Listen to Phoned-In #13 which features issue #1 of Telephone.

B.C. Edwards lives in Brooklyn. He is the recipient of the 2011 Hudson Prize put out by Black Lawrence Press which will be publishing his collection of short fiction, “The Aversive Clause” in 2012 and his collection of poetry “From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes” in 2013. His work can be found in Red Line Blues, The Sink Review, Food-i-Corp, Hobart and others. His short story “Illfit” is being adapted into a piece by the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He is also a Literary Death Match Champion and has the medal to prove it.

Sarah Gerard is a Brooklyn-based writer and contributing editor at Caper Literary Journal. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the St. Petersburg Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Word Riot, elimae, DOGZPLOT, and Prick of the Spindle. She was founding editor of the Studio Review and managing editor of the Homeless Image, a southeast regional street paper. She is an MFA candidate at The New School.

Luke Degnan was born in Irvington, NJ and is the son of a fireman and a philosophy major. As the Blog’s Books Editor at BOMB Magazine, he created and curates Phoned-In, a poetry reading by phone podcast. See Luke’s poems in Elimae, Juked, and West Wind Review, among other places.

Full info about the show can be found here.


Black Lake Record Release Party @ The Wooly

INVISIBLE-EXPORTS and BOMB Magazine are proud to present a record-releasing event for Black Lake.

Friday, October 21st, 10 pm–1 am
The Wooly
11 Barclay Street
New York, NY

Come on down to celebrate the release of Black Lake’s first record, a 7” vinyl, <Shake, out on Right Brain Words. This month’s release coincides with a review by BOMB Magazine’s David Brody and an interview of Black Lake by Lydia Dona. We are big fans of this record’s eclectic mix of sound art, spoken word, original music and lyrics.

Black Lake is an inter-media duo whose performances fuse video, music, poetry, sculpture, and shadows to create an immersive otherwordly environment. Their signature style is at once sensual and gritty, quotidian and exquisite, invoking associations of The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Otto Piene, Tony Oursler, and Pipolotti Rist, Stephen Vitiello and Laurie Anderson. Combining video art, sculpture, songs, sound art, spoken word, movement and shadows, Black Lake’s performances attend to the space between pattern and exploration, building textures with wild guitar sounds, neo-Beat word-scapes, dangling chimes and the haunt of the human voice. The frame and form of their imagery—dapples of light, water rippling, night blossoms, birds mating—draw focus to the tenuous nature of perception. Before, after, between performances, Black Lake’s art installations includes paintings, collages, projected video art, and hanging sculptures made of reflective and refractive materials that interfere with the video light, sending it around the room as well as creating photogram-like images on the walls. The video imagery is mostly stripped down to the bare essentials of light, color and movement and is mostly derived from nature, specifically light as it interacts with nature. The art installations can be set up and removed quickly as a pop-up environment for their performances or can remain in an art space with Black Lake entering one or more times to perform over the course of the installation.

The night’s festivities include videos by Lisa Kirk, Robert Melee, Bill Morrison, Laurie Olinder

Performances by Lizzy Yoder, Charlotte Hendrickson, Black Lake

and DJs Mr. Moustache and The Bengala

Full info about the show can be found here. We hope to see you there!


BOMB at the NY Art Book Fair

September 29–October 2, 11 am–7 pm
Preview: Thursday, September 29, 6–9 pm
22-25 Jackson Avenue

Head over to MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, for the 6th Annual NY Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter. BOMB will be one of over 200 exhibitors from 20 countries showcasing its publications, including artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals, and artist zines. Exhibitors include booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists, independent publishers and international press from more than 20 countries.

Check out BOMB’s table on the third floor, #P04, and browse vintage back issues, check out the latest fall issue, and buy those rare, hard to find First Proof booklets with fold-out covers, now considered collectors items! There will be special discounts, free posters, and other treats too. BOMB editors will be around throughout the fair, so please come and say hello!

Full info about the fair can be found here.


BOMB Magazine at the Brooklyn Book Festival 

Sunday, September 18th, 2011
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street

Swing by the BOMB booth #29 at the Brooklyn Book Festival to check out the latest fall issue of BOMB #117 and chat with staff and editors.

And don’t miss BOMB’s Paul Morris moderating a panel discussion and reading at 1pm entitled, “Apocalypse Now, and Then What?,” with authors Tananarive Due (My Soul To Take), Patrick Somerville (The Universe in Miniature in Miniature), and Colson Whitehead (End Zone), who will be discussing iterations of the end of the world as we know it and that means for their characters. It’s a free ticketed event, but seats are limited, so act fast!

For more information about the Festival, visit their website here.


BOMB & LitCrawl NYC: BOMBaoke
It’s a bar crawl . . . with literature!

Nick Flynn and Rivka Galchen go head to head at BOMB-aoke 2010!

September 10, 2011, 7:00 PM
Bowery Electric (21+)
327 Bowery

Join the editors of BOMB Magazine and some special guests for the second stop of LitCrawl NYC, with the return of live BOMB-aoke! Help us re-enact classic interviews from BOMB’s 30 years in a karaoke-style format. Channel your inner Sam Lipsyte being interviewed by Christopher Sorrentino or pretend to be Jennifer Egan talking shop with Heidi Julavits. We’ll provide dozens of scripts for you to choose from, you bring the theatrics!

The best performance wins a free vintage issue of BOMB worth $100! Runners-up get a free subscription. And everyone gets a copy of BOMB!

Special celebrity author guest judges to be announced, so stay tuned for more information.

For more info about Lit Crawl NYC and a full schedule, visit their site here.


BOMB 2nd Annual Crayfish and Cocktails Summer Celebration

Please join Mary Heilmann, Jenny Ljungberg,

Proud Owner of c/o The Maidstone, and Betsy Sussler,
Editor-in-Chief of BOMB
Wednesday, August 17
c/o The Maidstone
207 Main St.
East Hampton, NY
Featuring Surf N’ Turf 2, limited-edition crayfish poster by Michael Williams.

The original artwork will be for sale during the evening.
4:00 – 6:00 pm
$75 per person for cocktails,
Swedish hors d’oeuvres,
and limited-edition poster

4:00 – 9:00 pm
$150 per person for cocktails,
Swedish dinner,
and limited-edition poster
Benefiting BOMB, the artist’s voice since 1981.
RSVP 1.631.324.5006 Press #1
or crayfish@companyagenda.com
If you can’t make the Summer celebration,
but would like to make a donation to BOMB, click here!



BOMB Summer Launch Party and Reading

Wednesday, July 27
6:30–9pm, performances at 7:30
powerHouse Arena
37 Main St.
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

Join the editors of BOMB Magazine and the contributors to the summer issue for an evening of readings, performances, and chilling out near the DUMBO waterfront. Raffles and poster give-aways and other surprises too!

Have a free drink on us, chat with BOMB staff, and enjoy the literary stylings of writers Nicholas ElliottSarah V. Schweig, and Simon Van Booy. Featuring special ukulele/guitar performances by Obie Award–winning actor Scott Shepherd and playwright/director Richard Maxwell, of the band Reena Spaulings, and formerly of the bands Rickie ‘n’ the Croatians, the Lunar Rays, and Ernest and Sincere, among others.

Featuring a video mashup of vintage BOMB layouts by digital-media artist David Olson, plus special guest DJ to be announced.

This event is free. The evening’s program will feature:

Nicholas Elliott was raised in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and lives in Woodside, Queens. His plays have been performed in Luxembourg, France, and Denmark. He is a correspondent for French film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma and the company manager for the theater company New York City Players. His poems appear in BOMB’s summer literary supplement, First Proof.

Richard Maxwell is a playwright and director living in New York. He is the artistic director of New York City Players. A volume of his plays from 1996–2000 has been published by Theatre Communications Group. His most recent play, Neutral Hero, premiered in May at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and recently toured Europe. Maxwell interviewed actor Scott Shepherd for BOMB’s summer issue.

Sarah V. Schweig’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, and Verse Daily. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia University, where her manuscript was recipient of the David Craig Austin Memorial Award. Her chapbook, S, is available through Dancing Girl Press. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her poems appear in BOMB’s summer literary supplement, First Proof.

Scott Shepherd is a New York–based actor. Most recently, Shepherd took on the roles of two characters in The Wooster Group’s production of Tennessee Williams’s Vieux Carré. His performance as Nick Carraway in Elevator Repair Service’s acclaimed Gatz, for which he delivered most of the narration in the nearly seven-hour production, earned him a 2011 Obie Award. Shepherd was interviewed by playwright and director Richard Maxwell in BOMB’s summer issue.

Simon Van Booy is a New York-based novelist and short story writer born in London and raised in rural Wales. He has published two collections of stories: The Secret Lives of People in Love (2007), and Love Begins in Winter (2009), which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He has also edited three books of philosophy: Why We Fight, Why We Need Love, and Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter. His novel Everything Beautiful Began After is just out from Harper Perennial. His conversation with author Siri Hustvedt appears in BOMB’s summer issue.


BOMB and Guernica Magazines’s
Bay Area Bash

Summer Reads & Sexy Art Mags
Are you in the Bay Area? Then Let’s Make-Out! (or just meet-up)
Monday, June 27th
6:00-9:00 PM
The Make-Out Room
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Please join the editors of BOMB and Guernica Magazine for an evening of talk, drinks, raffles, and other surprises in San Francisco’s Mission District. You’ll have the opportunity to mingle with both readers and recent contributors, as well as writers and artists alike, all at the legendary Make-Out Room. We’ve got the whole joint reserved from 6–9pm, and we want to meet you! There’ll be snacks and drink specials for early arrivals, not to mention some special give-aways and such.

Please introduce yourselves to us and tell us about what you do—and how you do it. We’re curious to hear from San Franciscans! So bring your friends and tell your colleagues about this rare Bay Area convergence of two NYC-based independent art and literary magazines.

Two great indy magazines, one great city—it’s the trifecta you won’t want to miss.

BOMB Magazine

Guernica Magazine

Afterward, please stay for the stylings of DJ Purple Karaoke at 9pm (no cover), it’ll be hot! But don’t take our word for it:

Awarded “Best Karaoke” 2008 by SF Weekly: “Effortlessly sexy…”

“Best Purple Singalong” 2009 by the Bay Guardian: "The Ultimate Karaoke Dance Party! With Live Sax & No Slow Songs: Dancin’, and Singin’, and Movin’ to the Groovin!”

The New York Society Library Presents The Writing Life
A Literary Magazine Salon

Thursday, April 28th
6:30 PM
The New York Society Library
Members Room
53 East 79th Street
New York, NY, 10075
Tickets: $10 in advance/$15 at the door

Non-members please call or email Events office: 212-288-6900 x230 or events@nysoclib.org

Join host Sally Dawidoff for a special evening of refreshments, conversation, readings, video, and more showcasing two great literary magazines:

Electric Literature is a year-old quarterly short-story anthology whose mission is to use new media and innovative distribution to return the short story to a place of prominence in popular culture.

BOMB is a quarterly magazine whose aim is to deliver the artist’s voice through the 21st century as a multi-platform brand. The magazine has been publishing conversations between artists, writers, actors, directors, musicians, and architects, as well as First Proof, the magazine’s literary supplement, for thirty years.

Sally Dawidoff’s poems have been published widely, most recently in the New Haven Review. She teaches a poetry workshop in New York City.

BOMB Magazine

The Writing Life @NYSOCLIB


BOMB Magazine Presents: Redrawing Borders
Part of the Walls & Bridges Festival

Sunday, April 17th
2:30 PM
The Cooper Union
Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Sq
New York, NY, 10003
Tickets: Free
BOMB Magazine
Walls & Bridges

Hosted by Monica de la Torre (USA/editor at BOMB Magazine)
Featuring: Eric Chauvier (France/anthropologist), Serge Michel (Switzerland/reporter and writer), Alexander Waterman (USA/composer), Heriberto Yepez (Mexico/poet).

If borders intrinsically divide and separate, they also can be highly stimulating for the imagination. This panel will address how art, culture, intellectual trade and insights manage to negotiate, mitigate, and supersede borders. Serge Michel traveled the world documenting the Chinese expansion in Africa and reporting on the shift in Iranian society. Anthropologist Eric Chauvier defends the beauty he sees in often stigmatized peri-urban areas. Composer Alexander Waterman is the author of a new version of Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley, Vidas Perfectas, an opera in Spanish set on the border between Mexico and the USA. This border is the source of inspiration for Tijuana-based writer Heriberto Yepez, whose essays, fiction, and poetry explore the many facets of their relationship between the two countries. 

BOMB celebrated the launch of Issue #116 in style last month at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO. Check out all of the fantastic press, photos, and video highlights from the evening right here.

Sarah V. Schweig reads to a crowd of eager listeners at the BOMB Summer Launch Party. Photo by Aslan Chalom.


Thanks to everyone who attended BOMB’s Launch Party for our Summer Issue #116 at powerHouse Arena last month. It was a very cool night all around (by late July standards) down by the DUMBO waterfront. The joint was packed, and we overheard on Twitter that we drew the “absolutely best dressed crowd” (thanks, Courtney Maum). Guests sipped delicate glasses of white wine and handled perspiring bottles of beer, generously donated by Brooklyn Brewery (and served by BOMB’s dedicated interns), while pondering readings by Nicholas Elliott, Simon Van Booy, and Sarah V. Schweig. The evening ended with the unforgettable folk-song stylings of director/playwright Richard Maxwell and Obie Award–winning actor Scott Shepherd, who strummed guitar and ukulele, respectively, as people continued to drink, mingle, network, and buy magazines and books. The night was a blast all around, and we couldn’t help but share all of the fantastic photos and video highlights with you. Be sure to check out press coverage of the evening courtesy of Pulp Lab, Electric Literature, and the New York Press. Oh, happy summer!


All photos by Aslan Chalom.


Video shot and edited by Lauren Bakst.