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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 at 7pm
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201*

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 present
The 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
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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 ?lms 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.