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Fall Issue Launch at the NY Art Book Fair

September 23, 7:00pm ET
22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

Among all the things that fall brings, our most anticipated event is always Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. This year we're launching our fall issue, BOMB 141, at the fair in D.A.P.'s newly expanded bookstore, ARTBOOK, on the ground floor of PS1. Join BOMB staff and friends to celebrate the issue and for readings by contributors Alan Gilbert, Harmony Holiday, and Lucy Ives.

We'll also have our usual NYABF table, #N61, with a couple exclusives and surprises. Come by and say hello!

Can't make it? Get the fall issue here.

Alan Gilbert is the author of two books of poetry, The Treatment of Monuments and Late in the Antenna Fields, as well as a collection of essays, articles, and reviews entitled Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight.

Harmony Holiday is the author of Negro League Baseball, Go Find Your Father/ A Famous Blues and most recently Hollywood Forever. She is also the founder of Mythscience, an arts collective devoted to cross-disciplinary work that helps artists re-engage with their bodies and the physical world in this so-called digital age, and the Afrosonics archive of jazz and everyday diaspora poetics. She worked on SOS, the selected poems of Amiri Baraka, transcribing all of his poetry recorded with jazz that had yet to be released in print and exists mostly on out of print records. Harmony studied rhetoric at UC Berkeley and taught for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She received her MFA from Columbia University and has received the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship. She is currently working on a book of poems and lyric essays on Reparations and the body, and a biography of jazz singer Abbey Lincoln. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.

Lucy Ives is the author of several books of poetry and short prose, including Impossible Views of the World, The Hermit and the novella nineties. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Lapham’s Quarterly, and at newyorker.com. For five years she was an editor with the online magazine Triple Canopy. A graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University. She teaches at the Pratt Institute and is currently editing a collection of writings by the artist Madeline Gins.



BOMB at the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival

September 17, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza, Table 330
209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY

Join us for the return of BKBF. We'll have the brand-new fall issue, highlights from the archives, and a surprise or two.

As usual, the festival boasts an incredible roster of international writing. Here are a few writers (and BOMB contributors) we're looking forward to seeing: André Aciman, Amelia Gray, Catherine Lacey, Albert Mobilio, Madison Smartt Bell, Mark Doten, Lindsay Hunter, Katie Kitamura, Eugene Lim, Jonathan Lethem, Nathaniel Mackey, Jeffery Renard Allen, Lidia Yuknavitch, Jenny Zhang, Fernanda Torres, Santiago Gamboa, Rodrigo Hasbún, and Peter Kimani.



This Civilized World: Jonas Mekas & Charity Coleman

September 14, 8:00pm ET
ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY


ISSUE and BOMB present an evening of screenings, talks, and discussion with storied film activist Jonas Mekas and writer and BOMB Magazine contributor Charity Coleman, as a part of the Brooklyn Book Festival.

Jonas Mekas shows his film Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland, 1971/1993 (edited 2012), never before screened in the U.S. (running time: 25 minutes). A non-chronological presentation of the filmmaker’s time in German forced labor camps and displaced person camps, the film details a story that begins in 1944 and goes on until 1949. A reading and discussion follows after the screening. Copies of his book, I Had Nowhere To Go (diaries 1944-1955), newly republished by Spector Books, will be available at the event.

Charity Coleman performs Floods From Other Futures, a love-diary in the present moment, regarding beasts, belief, and anticipation. Exacting light from a folded time-stamp, Floods From Other Futures is an intervention. An accompanying text will be available.

Jonas Mekas is a Lithuanian-born American filmmaker, writer, and curator. In 1954, with his brother, he started Film Culture magazine, and in 1958 he began his celebrated Movie Journal column in the Village Voice. He is the founder of the Film-Makers’ Cooperative (1962), and the Film-Makers’ Cinematheque (1964), which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives in 1970. Anthology Film Archives remains the world’s most important repository of avant-garde films. Mekas’s work has been presented at venues such as the 51st Venice Biennale, Documenta 11, the PS1 Contemporary Art Center, and the Centre Pompidou. In 2007, Mekas completed a series of 365 short videos released once a day on the internet, and has since continued to share new work on his website. Mekas has lectured on film at several universities including MIT, Cooper Union, and New York University.

Charity Coleman is the author of Julyiary (O'clock Press, 2015), and Tinctures (a forthcoming collection of prose and poetry). A 2014 NYFA Poetry Fellow, she has performed and read her work at BAM, MoMA, Knockdown Center, Dixon Place, The Poetry Project, BHQFU, and numerous other venues. Her criticism, poetry, and prose has appeared in BOMB, Prelude, Dolce Stil Criollo, Joans Digest, Fanzine, Entropy, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn.






BOMB ♥ John Giorno 

Opening June 21, 2017
Artists Space, High Line Art, Howl! Happening, Hunter College Art Galleries, The Kitchen, New Museum, Red Bull Arts New York, Rubin Museum of Art, Sky Art, Swiss Institute, White Columns, and 80WSE Gallery.

This summer Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno spans thirteen nonprofit and alternative spaces across NYC, with readings and events programmed throughout the summer. A full schedule is available here.

Our summer issue is dedicated to John Giorno, featuring work by and in dialogue with the artist. Get your copy today.



The 2017 Small Press Flea



A summer market with your favorite publishers and magazines.

Saturday, July 29, 10:00am - 4:00pm ET
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Presented by BOMB & The Brooklyn Public Library

The Flea returns for the fourth year in a row.

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Top Image: Luis Camnitzer, from The Book of Holes, 1977. Photo by Peter Schälchli, Zurich.

Summer Issue Launch



Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm
Printed Matter
231 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001


Join us for a toast to BOMB 140, with readings by Ari Braverman, Todd Colby, Andrew Durbin, and Aimee Herman. There will be drinks, mingling, and revelry.

Produced in partnership with Printed Matter. Beer courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery.

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Ari Braverman is from Iowa City and Denver by way of New Orleans. She was awarded a 2015 De Alba Fellowship from Columbia University and has stories forthcoming in the newest issue of Tammy Journal and at SmokeLong Quarterly. Her interviews can be found online at Antenna's Room 220, Electric Literature, and Guernica. She is an assistant editor for Conjunctions, and lives in Harlem, New York.

Todd Colby is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Splash State (The Song Cave, 2014) and Flushing Meadows (Scary Topiary Press, 2012). He was the editor of the poetry anthology Heights of the Marvelous: A New York Anthology (St. Martin’s Press, 2000) and serves on the board of the Poetry Project. He was the lead singer for the band Drunken Boat.

Andrew Durbin is the author of Mature Themes (2014) and the forthcoming novel MacArthur Park (2017), both from Nightboat Books. He lives in New York.

Aimee Herman is a performance artist, poet, and teacher with two full length books of poetry. Aimee has been published widely in journals and anthologies including cream city review, ADRIENNE, Cake Train and Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. In addition to writing, Aimee also curates and hosts a monthly series at Dixon Place called Queer Art Organics featuring LGBTQ writers and performers. For more, go to: aimeeherman.wordpress.com



BOMB at Northside Festival


June 8 - 11, 2017
McCarren Park Basketball Courts, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Northside Festival details

The weekend-long arts, music, and innovation festival includes performances by the Dirty Projectors, Kamasi Washington, M. Lamar, and dozens of others. BOMB will be onsite at the new Community Affairs Center, with a portion of our sales going to support the ACLU.



BOMB at the 2017 Philadelphia Art Book Fair


Friday, May 5, 12:00 – 8:00pm & Saturday, May 6, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Philadelphia Art Book Fair 2017
TWELVE 27, 1227 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Join us at this year's Philadelphia Art Book Fair! The two-day fair is free and open to the public, is fully accessible, and showcases presses and magazines from Philadelphia and beyond.

The Philadelphia Art Book Fair 2017 is a co-presentation of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and The Print Center.

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BOMB's 36th Anniversary Gala & Art Auction


Adam Weinberg
Richard Armstrong
Tim Griffin

Stephanie & Peter Brant
Beth Rudin DeWoody & Firooz Zahedi
Heather & Jim Johnson
Susan & Benjamin Winter

Honoree Supporters
Katherine Farley & Jerry Speyer

Honorary Chairs
Michelle Coffey, Lambent Foundation
Ben Lerner
Marina Adams & Stanley Whitney
Ben Wizner, ACLU

6:30 to 8:00pm Cocktails and Canapés
6:30 to 10:30pm Silent Art Auction
8:00pm Seated Dinner, Toasts, and Live Auction
9:30 to 10:30pm Dessert and Final Bidding

Our online auction has concluded.

Rita Ackermann
Marina Adams
Miyoshi Barosh
Lynda Benglis
Sebastian Black
Dianne Blell
Katherine Bradford
Peter Bradley
David Brody
Beatrice Caracciolo
Michelle Charles
Mel Chin
Olga Chernysheva
Jimmie Durham
Austin English
James Esber
Inka Essenhigh
Sol LeWitt Estate
Roe Ethridge
Natalie Frank
Dianna Frid
Joe Fyfe
Regina José Galindo
Liam Gillick
Hans Haacke
Camille Henrot
Karl Holmqvist
Sheree Hovsepian
Judith Hudson
Jibade-Khalil Huffman
Bryan Hunt
Samuel Jablon
Steffani Jemison
Anna K.E.
Jane Kaplowitz
Angie Keefer
Louise Lawler
James Little
An-My Lê
Liz Magic Laser
Adam McEwen
Mike Metz
Carlos Motta
Sarah Oppenheimer
Bruce Pearson
Adam Pendleton
Nick Poe
Marina Rosenfeld
Matt Saunders
Dana Schutz
Leanne Shapton
Dasha Shishkin
Jason Simon: 1 & 2
Josh Smith
Rebecca Smith
A.L. Steiner
Patricia Treib
James Welling
Audra Wolowiec



BOMB at the LA Art Book Fair 2017



February 23 - 26
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Stop by the BOMB table for a look at the winter issue, special subscription offers, and a surprise or two. We'll be the jetlagged ones in sunglasses.

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BOMB at AWP 2017


February 8 - 11
Washington Convention Center & Washington Marriott Marquis, Booth #660
901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs' annual conference is a BOMB favorite. We're headed to the nation's capital to meet readers and contributors, showcase the winter issue, and present the brand-new paperback editions of our Author Interviews anthology. We'll be offering discounts for writers and graduate students, too.

Stop by our table and say hello!

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Winter Issue Launch with Roe Ethridge and Tim Griffin

Thursday, February 2, 7:00pm
Printed Matter
231 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Join us for a toast to BOMB 138. Photographer Roe Ethridge and Tim Griffin, executive director and chief curator of The Kitchen, will discuss the uses of humor and nostalgia in Ethridge's conceptual practice, including his preference for getting things "exactly wrong," à la Warhol.

Produced in partnership with Printed Matter.

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Image at top: Pigeon, 2001, C-print, 38 × 30 inches. 



Art After Trump

Thursday, December 15, 6:00pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, New York

Including Ridykeulous (Nicole Eisenman), Sally Wen Mao, Emily Skillings, Marwa Helal, and Cecilia Corrigan

Please save the date for a gathering and marathon-style reading of responses by and for artists and arts organizers. Line-up to be announced. Artists of all disciplines will read their short responses--of any form--to the results of election 2016 and the imminent administration.

Partner organizations will provide information and resources in addition to Housing Works' bookstore and advocacy and healthcare departments.

Note that BOMB's readers will begin around 8:30pm. We recommend arriving early. See Facebook event for full details.

Produced by
Molly Rose Quinn, Director of Public Programming, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Brandon Stosuy, Editor-in-Chief of The Creative Independent, a project of Kickstarter
Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl
Jillian Steinhauer, senior editor at Hyperallergic



The Oral History Project Live: James Little and Dr. LeRonn Brooks


Wednesday, December 14, 7:00pm
The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, New York

Honoring contemporary artists represented in Circa 1970, this event celebrates the decade as a critical period in which artists deviated from conventional interpretations of art and explored new, radical ways of making.

This special program is presented in partnership with The Studio Museum in Harlem. Showcasing the intricacies of oral history documentation, this program is the culmination of an intimate series of interviews between Circa 1970 artist James Little and Dr. LeRonn Brooks, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at CUNY. Together, the pair will discuss the experience of capturing an in-depth oral history. Unpacking James Little's established practice in Abstract Expressionism through firsthand accounts, the event traces his origins as a young artist all the way through to the contemporary issues he considers in his work today. The program will conclude with an audience Q+A followed by a walkthrough of the exhibition led by the artist.

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About the Oral History Project
A unique series of one-on-one interviews with New York-based African-American artists, curators, and cultural figures, this project aims to shine a light on the lives and careers of distinguished practitioners across the arts, many of whom remain under-recognized. Recent interviews include Eldzier Cortor, Wangechi Mutu, and Stanley Whitney.

Image: James Little, Untitled (9-77), 1977, Polymer emulsion on paper, 22 × 30 in. Courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson.



BOMB at the 14th Annual New York City Small Presses Night

Reading by Marwa Helal, Winner of BOMB's Biennial Poetry Contest

Sunday, December 11, 5:30pm, $5 suggested donation
Sidewalk Café, 94 Ave. A, New York

We're participating in Boog City's annual celebration of small presses, with a spotlight on our 2016 Poetry Contest winner Marwa Helal.

Participants and readers include:

Fuff Comix
Jeffrey Lewis (solo acoustic set)

Nightboat Books
Michael Heller

Ping Pong literary journal
Hamm, Jameson O’Hara Laurens, & Kate Lutzner

Switchback Books
Marisa Crawford & Crystal Curry

Series curated by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum.

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Marwa Helal's poetry has appeared in Apogee, Day One, The Offing, and The Recluse. Her essays and journalism have been published in Poets & Writers, the American Book Review, Entropy, Egypt Today, Sukoon, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem fellow, a mentor in the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program, a VONA alum, and she received her MFA in creative writing from The New School.

The Babysitter at Rest Launch with Jen George and Ariana Reines

Presented by BOMB and Dorothy, a publishing project

Thursday, October 20, 7:00pm
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St., New York, NY 10012


Join us for the launch of Jen George's hilarious and bizarre debut collection The Babysitter at Rest (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2016). Sheila Heti calls George's stories "funny and weird and true." Deb Olin Unferth calls her a "modern-day Jane Bowles." And artist Matthew Barney claims George's stories are "completely warped." Jen George will read from and then be in conversation about The Babysitter at Rest with poet, playwright, and translator Ariana Reines.

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Celebrating the Señal Poetry Series

Presented by BOMB, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Libros Antena Books

Thursday, October 13, 7:00pm
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, 53 Washington Sq S, New York
Friday, October 14, 8:00pm
The Poetry Project, 131 E 10th St, New York

We are pleased to support two readings in Spanish and English in celebration of our Señal titles, featuring Luis Felipe Fabre (with translation by John Pluecker), Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal (reading Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz), Pablo Katchadjian (with Rebekah Smith and Victoria Cóccaro), and Florencia Castellano (with Alexis Almeida).

The Señal Series publishes two chapbooks a year, linked either thematically, conceptually, or trans-historically, troubling received ideas around what the terms “contemporary” and “Latin America” might represent.

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Nell Zink and Tony Tulathimutte in Conversation

Presented by BOMB and Community Bookstore

Thursday, October 6, 7:00pm
143 7th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215

Nell Zink reads from and discusses her two newly published books, Private Novelist and Nicotine. Written before The Wallcreeper made her famous, the two novellas in Private Novelist feature a translation of a Hebrew novel (without any knowledge of Hebrew), a spy story, and faux autobiography. Nicotine explores the gap between baby-boomer idealism and millennial pragmatism in a squat house in Zink’s unique take on the modern family novel.

Nell Zink grew up in rural Virginia. She has worked in a variety of trades, including masonry and technical writing. In the early 1990s, she edited an indie rock fanzine. Her writing has also appeared in n+1. She is the author of the novels The Wallcreeper and Mislaid. She lives near Berlin, Germany.

Tony Tulathimutte’s novel Private Citizens was called “the first great millennial novel” by New York magazine. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has written for the New York Times, VICE, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. His work has received an O. Henry Award and a MacDowell Fellowship.

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You can find Nell Zink's conversation with Keith Gessen in our fall issue.



Nerd Jeopardy! at Lit Crawl

Presented by BOMB and the National Book Foundation

Saturday, October 1, 8:00 - 8:45pm
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th St., New York, NY 10003


Everyone's favorite literary trivia game returns for a booze-fueled and heckler-filled competition between authors, readers, and the occasional barfly. Based on a certain long-running game show, Nerd Jeopardy is for anyone who's wanted to drunkenly yell "Who is Proust?" Audience participation is duly rewarded, with glory and prizes distributed indiscriminately.

Hosted by BOMB's Ryan Chapman with special guest Mitchell S. Jackson.

About Mitchell S. Jackson
Mitchell S. Jackson is a Portland, Oregon native who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received an M.A. in writing from Portland State University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from New York University. He has been the recipient of fellowships from TED, the Lannan Foundation, The Center For Fiction, and The Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. His novel The Residue Years was released in the summer of 2013 and was praised by publications such as The New York Times, The Times of London, The Paris Review, and The Sydney Morning Herald. Jackson is Whiting Award recipient. His novel also won The Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the Center For Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize, the PEN/ Hemingway award for first fiction, The Hurston / Wright Legacy Award for best fiction by a writer of African descent; it was long-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize for writing and the Chautauqua Prize, and named an “Honor Book” by the BCALA. Jackson has become a well-regarded speaker who was read and/or and lectured at institutions including Brown University, Columbia University, Yale University, Middlebury College, and UMASS; at events including The Brooklyn Book Festival, The Miami Book Festival, and the Sydney Writers’ Festival; at various adult prisons and youth facilities; and for organizations including The Pathfinders of Oregon, The PEN / Faulkner Foundation, and The Volunteers of America. He serves on the faculty of New York University and Columbia University.

About Lit Crawl
The first Lit Crawl NYC took place in 2008, along a rambling route from the Lower East Side, to the East Village, and over to Williamsburg. Since then, the upstart Lit Crawl has become a permanent and highly anticipated fixture on New York City’s packed literary calendar. Lit Crawl NYC brings literature to the streets via brainy readings and wacky events such as Literary Pictionary and Nerd Jeopardy alongside Tarot card readings, Flash portraiture, mobile photo booths, music from publishing house bands, and hundreds of other events full of readers, writers, fun-loving boozers, and all-around literary mayhem.

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A Reading with the Parrish Art Museum


Candace Bushnell, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Bob Morris, and Gregory Helberg
Hosted by BOMB Editor-in-Chief Betsy Sussler

Saturday, September 24, 5:00pm
Marders, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton, NY 11932


The location is the Parrish-sponsored installation by Toni Ross titled Permanent Transience, part of their annual Parrish Road Show project, this year at Marders.

Candace Bushnell is the international best-selling author of Killing Monica, Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, and Four Blondes.

Jacqueline Weld Drake is the author of the official biography of Peggy Guggenheim, Peggy: The Wayward Guggenheim and a novel, Rara Avis.

Bob Morris is an author of several collections of nonfiction, including Gut Check, Short Road to Hell, The Man with the Fish on His Foot, All Over the Map, and The Whole Shebang. Morris is also president of Story Farm, a custom publishing company that creates books, magazines and other publications for a wide variety of clients. He will be reading a piece he has written about Edward Albee.

Gregory Hedberg, PhD, is the author of the new book Degas’ Little Dancer, Age Fourteen: The Earlier Version That Sparked The Birth Of Modern Art.

About the Parrish Art Museum
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island's East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, the presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.

About Toni Ross
Ross is intrigued by the intersection of diverse objects and materials, especially those that defy logic. These concepts are often represented by fine threads that bind powerful, weighty forms. In Permanent Transience, the artist creates a juxtaposition of materials through an installation of sculpted straw bales that intersect and envelop three massive on-site boulders.

The Parrish Road Show, an offsite creative summer series, takes place each year in August and features temporary projects by East End artists. Now in its third year, Parrish Road Show is designed to deeply connect creativity to everyday life by presenting exhibitions and programs at unexpected places—from public parks to historic sites—across the region. Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects Andrea Grover states, “Road Show aims to broaden the traditional understanding of the function of an art museum by bringing art outside and into the community.” Parrish Road Show also has included related public programs like an art historical bike tour, outdoor movies, guided meditation, local food tastings, and live music.



BOMB at the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival

Top row: Horacio Castellanos Moya, Solmaz Sharif, John Keene, Alexandra Kleeman. Bottom row: Geoff Dyer, Álvaro Enrigue, Maylis de Kerangal, Susan Daitch


Sunday, September 18, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street

New York's largest literary festival returns to downtown Brooklyn for another day of panels, readings, and community. Stop by booth #323 to check out our fall issue and meet BOMB's editors. As usual, several authors featured in BOMB's pages will be speaking at the festival. Here are a few highlights:

10:00am — "Body Language—Heart, Eyes, Blood" with Maylis de Kerangal, Lina Meruane, and Masande Ntshanga

10:00am — "Inventing History in New Fiction" with John Keene, Susan Daitch, and Jeremy M. Davies

12:00pm — "Why Fiction Matters" with Alexander Chee, Mitchell S. Jackson, Roxana Robinson, and Tiphanie Yanique

1:00pm — "Youth in Revolt" with Teddy Wayne, Tony Tulathimutte, and Stephanie Danler

3:00pm — "Obsession" with Horacio Castellanos Moya, Idra Novey, and Patricia Engel

4:00pm — "High Brow, Low Brow" with Alexandra Kleeman, Lynn Crosbie, and Mark de Silva

4:00pm — "Truth to Form" with Tyehimba Jess, Solmaz Sharif, and Martha Collins

4:00pm — "From Sci-Fi to Meta (and Heavy Metal): New Dimensions in Latin American Fiction" with Yoss, Álvaro Enrigue, and Carlos Labbé

5:00pm — "Darkly Comic" with Geoff Dyer, Rick Moody, and A.M. Homes

There are also numerous Bookend events—including ours!—running from September 12-18; see the complete schedule here. For more information about the Festival, visit their website here.



BOMB at the 2016 New York Art Book Fair

Thursday to Sunday, September 15-18

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

One of our favorite September traditions: carting the fall issue and a few other surprises to the city's best art book fair. This year we're sharing space with our friends at Pioneer Works, so come say hello and enjoy the windy respite of our minifans.

We recommend catching Blonde Art Books and Poet Transmit's "Cold Open Verse," Thursday night; Cory Arcangel's launch for his book The Source Digest, Saturday at 1:00pm; M. Lamar's performance "We have always risen up from the Dead," Sunday at 5:00pm; and, as always, KNOW WAVE's live broadcast throughout the weekend.

Full details about the Fair can be found here.



Cuban Heavy Metal Sci-Fi: An Evening with Yoss

Thursday, September 15, 7:30pm ET

Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Cuba's most celebrated science fiction author Yoss is also its most notorious literary rocker: He's the lead singer and harmonicist for the Havana death metal band Tenaz.

Join us for an evening of Cuban sci-fi and metal classics at this special Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends event. 

Co-hosted by Restless Books, BOMB, and Issue Project Room, the event will include a discussion between Yoss and novelist Paul La Farge about Havana's literary culture and metal scene, after which Yoss will be joined by a full band to perform his favorite metal classics.

Books, merch, and BOMB issues will be for sale, and discounted drinks will be available at the bar. Entry includes a copy of Yoss intergalactic space opera Super Extra Grande and a drink ticket.


Born José Miguel Sánchez Gómez, Yoss assumed his pen name in 1988, when he won the Premio David in the science fiction category for Timshel. Together with his peculiar pseudonym, the author's aesthetic of an impentinent rocker has allowed him to stand out amongst his fellow Cuban writers. Earning a degree in Biology in 1991, he went on to graduate from the first ever course on Narrative Techniques at the Onelio Jorge Cardoso Center of Literary Training, in the year 1999. Today, Yoss writes both realistic and science fiction works. Alongside these novels, the author produces essays, reviews, and compilations, and actively promotes the Cuban science fiction literary workshops, Espiral and Espacio Abierto.

Paul La Farge is the author of three novels: The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney's Books, 2005). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2013-14. He lives in upstate New York.

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The 2016 Small Press Flea


A summer market with your favorite publishers and magazines.

Saturday, July 30, 10:00am - 4:00pm ET
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Presented by BOMB & The Brooklyn Public Library

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Top Image: Luis Camnitzer, from The Book of Holes, 1977. Photo by Peter Schälchli, Zurich.



BOMB at the David Zwirner Pop-Up Bookstore

Thursday, July 27, 5:00 - 8:00pm ET

535 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011

Stop by David Zwirner's pop-up bookstore for a happy hour with BOMB editors and staff, and a chance to browse the summer issue. We'll be joined by friends at Apartamento, Cultured, and ArtAsiaPacific.



BOMB at the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair

July 16 and July 17, 1:00pm - 7:00pm ET

260 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

We'll be manning a table at Blonde Art Books' fourth annual BABZ fair. Come on out, peruse the summer issue, check out the new tote bags, and say 'ello.

Participants include:
cinders gallery
Dancing Foxes Press
DittoDitto Books
Draw Down
Endless Editions
Futurepoem Books
International General / The Stichting Egress Foundation
Miniature Garden
Mixed Media
New Documents
Packet Biweekly
pilot press... (Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden)
Primary Information
Publication Studio Hudson
Nikholis Planck
Small Editions
Ugly Duckling Presse
Unknown Unknowns

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The Summer Party: An Issue Launch for BOMB 136


Friday, July 15, 9:00pm
Be Electric Studios
1298 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn

We're partnering with our friends at H.I.P. Lit for the launch of BOMB 136. Join us for a night of art, drinks, and dancing. Lots of dancing.

The night will include a rare installation of Ben Vida and Jeff DeGolier's Metal Fatigue Music—the greatest sound piece ever to incorporate a Toyota Priva minivan—as well as projections from Jason Simon and Moyra Davey's legendary One Minute Film Festival.

All-vinyl DJ sets by Damian & Tallboy (PICNyC) with additional music by Simone White.

The party is free to attend, with complimentary beer and wine.

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Special thanks to Callicoon Fine Arts and Sixpoint Brewery.


Here's a bit from PICNyC to set the mood:


Image at top: Bill Horrigan, curator-at-large at the Wexner Center for the Arts, from Jason Simon's In and Around the Ohio Pen, 2014. Simon is interviewed by Claire Pentecost in the summer issue.



The 35th Anniversary Gala & Art Auction

Master of Ceremonies:
Eric Bogosian

R. H. Quaytman
Mickalene Thomas & Racquel Chevremont
Eric Fischl
Edmund White

Hope Atherton & Gavin Brown
Cary Brown & Steven Epstein
Dorothy Lichtenstein
John Cheim & Howard Read

Honorary Chairs:
Deborah Eisenberg & Wallace Shawn
Diane Keaton
Mary & Jack Whitten

Get your Gala tickets today.

6:30 to 8pm Cocktails and Canapés
6:30 to 10:30pm Silent Art Auction
8pm Seated Dinner, Toasts, and Live Auction
9:30 to 10:30pm Dessert and Final Bidding

Bidding for the art auction is now open
and runs through April 29 with our partners Paddle8.

Terry Adkins
Etel Adnan: 1, 2, and 3
Tom Burr
Ellen Carey
Sarah Charlesworth
Anne Chu
Stephen Collier
John Coplans
Brian Dailey
Shezad Dawood
Tacita Dean
David Deutsch
David Diao
Dahlia Egad
Nicole Eisenman
Mitch Epstein
Wendy Ewald
Louise Fishman
Ryan Foerster
Adam Fuss
Joe Fyfe
Mike Goodlett
Ethan Greenbaum
Wade Guyton
Lyle Ashton Harris
David Humphrey
Jacqueline Humphries
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Mark Innerst
Alfredo Jaar
Joan Jonas
Barbara Kasten: 1 and 2
Louise Lawler
Zoe Leonard
Judith Linhares
Vera Lutter
Anthony McCall
Allan McCollum
Josiah McElheny
Amanda Means
Sam Messer
Tom Otterness
Jean Pagliuso
Roxy Paine
Celia Paul
Lari Pittman
Elaine Reichek
Allen Ruppersberg
David Salle and Sofi Brazzeal
Carolina Sandretto
Carolee Schneemann
Richard Serra
Arlene Shechet
Gedi Sibony
James Siena
Ray Smith
Michael Smith
Michael St. John
Henry Taylor
Fred Tomaselli
Peter Wegner
William Wegman
Lawrence Weiner
James Welling
Stanley Whitney
Terry Winters


Décor by Madeline Weinrib.
Music curated by M. Lamar.
Art auction framing by Minagawa Artlines.



The After-Party

Friday, April 29, 10:30pm
Tropical 128, 128 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY

BOMB invites you to the official after-party of our 35th Anniversary Gala. We're taking over Tropical 128 in the LES with champagne, dancing, old friends, new friends, and maybe some lasers. Festive attire encouraged.

After-Party Hosts:
Mieke Chew
Andrew Durbin
Cy Gavin
Lindsay Howard

Lanny Jordan Jackson
Jessi Olsen
Damian Manire

Note that all tickets must be purchased in advance, and Gala attendees receive free entry to the After-Party.

Champagne courtesy of Brescome Barton & Empire Merchants.

100% of the proceeds will go towards funding 2016's contributing artists and writers. Tickets are fully tax deductible.

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Image: Detail of Cy Gavin's Spittal Pond, Bermuda, from his portfolio in BOMB.



BOMB at AWP 2016

March 30 to April 2
Los Angeles Convention Center & JW Marriott Los Angeles
1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

We're headed to L.A. to hang out with readers and contributors, share the Spring Issue, and attend a few (dozen) readings. And, just for AWP, we're bringing our Señal chapbooks, produced in partnership with Ugly Duckling Presse and Libros Antena Books, which includes Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's Enigmas and Luis Felipe Fabre's Sor Juana and Other Monsters.


Stop by booth #739, right next to our friends A Public Space, and say hello!

AWP Conference Schedule  |  Buy the Spring Issue



BOMB at the Philadelphia Art Book Fair


Friday, April 1, 12pm–8pm & Saturday, April 2, 10am–6pm
The Annex on Filbert Street, 830 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

We're headed to Philadelphia with a carload of the Spring Issue, back issues, lapel pins, The Author Interviews, and a surprise or two. 

About the Philadelphia Art Book Fair  |  Buy the Spring Issue



Spring Issue Launch

Wednesday, March 23, 7:30pm
Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Hosted by
Senior Editor Mónica de la Torre

Readings by
Álvaro Enrigue
Kate Zambreno
Daniel Poppick

Celebrate 35 years of artists in conversation with BOMB editors and contributors. We'll drink wine, mingle, and enjoy readings by writers with work in BOMB 135.


Photograph by Zony Maya

Álvaro Enrigue was a Cullman Center Fellow and a Fellow at the Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies. He has taught at New York University, Princeton University, the University of Maryland, and Columbia University. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The White Review, n+1, London Review of Books, El País, among others. Sudden Death—his first translated into English—was awarded the prestigious Herralde Prize in Spain, the Elena Poniatowska International Novel Award in Mexico, and the Barcelona Prize for Fiction, and has been translated into many languages. Enrigue was born in Mexico and lives in New York City.

Photograph by Tom Hines

Kate Zambreno is the author, most recently, of Green Girl (Harper Perennial) and Heroines (Semiotext(e)'s Active Agents). She is at work on a triptych of books about time, memory, and the persistence of art. The first, Drifts, is forthcoming from Harper Perennial in 2017.



Daniel Poppick’s debut poetry collection, The Police, is forthcoming from Omnidawn. Recent work of his has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Republic, Fence, The Volta, Prelude, Company, and elsewhere.

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Again, with Feeling: A PS1 Sunday Session


Featuring Justin Vivian Bond, Tom Burr, Nicole Eisenman, Joy EpisallaRichard Foreman, Tonya Foster, Hope Gangloff, Miguel Gutierrez, James HannahamIshmael Houston-Jones, David Humphrey, John KeeneElizabeth LeCompte, Ralph LemonAlan Licht, Sam Lipsyte, Yuri Masnyj, Alan Ruiz, Christopher Sorrentino, Betsy Sussler, and Linda Yablonsky

Sunday, February 28, 2016, 3:00pm
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY, 11101

The artist-to-artist exchanges in BOMB go beyond simple dialogue to the ideas at the heart of artistic practice. In a Sunday Session celebrating the magazine's 35th anniversary, ten pairs of artists will revisit their original conversations, ranging from: The emotional nitroglycerine Nicole Eisenman finds in David Humphrey's paintings, the aesthetic high Richard Foreman gets from cutting his plays mid-rehearsal, Tom Burr's queering of institutional critique, and Ralph Lemon's spin on racial profiling in the art world.

Participants will go off script and digress, expand, retract, negate, disavow, and redact themselves at will.

Featuring a music performance by Alan Licht.

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Photo by Desiree Des.



Friday, December 18, 2015, 8:00pm
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

BOMB invites you to Red Hook for a night of art, music, and drinks. It's for a good cause.*

We're thrilled to bring Casey Jane Ellison from LA into cold, cold NYC. (Have you seen "Touching the Art"? You should.) Magik Markers will play their first NYC show in almost two years, and Chances with Wolves will spin late into the night.

Three ways to attend:

Friend Ticket - Party with us at the beautiful Pioneer Works.

Supporter Ticket - Additional entry to the VIP Cocktail Hour. Mingle with BOMB staff and cocktail hosts Jem Cohen, David Grubbs, Ben Lerner, and Lynne Tillman. You'll also receive a limited-edition lapel pin designed by Tom Otterness, a surprise from our friends at NYRB Classics, and more.

Patron Ticket - Get all of this plus an extremely rare slipcase edition of Tony Oursler's epic Imponderable (JRP|Ringier & Artbook D.A.P.), a signed hardcover of BOMB: The Author Interviews (Soho Press), and a thank you on BOMB's website.

Can't make it? Show your support by sponsoring a BOMB contributor. Simply buy a ticket and indicate on the checkout page you'd like your spot to go towards an emerging writer or artist.

Complimentary drinks courtesy of the great people at Other Half Brewing, Material Vodka, & Sixpoint Brewery.

*100% of the revenue goes toward paying BOMB Daily's artists and writers in 2016. This year included work by Ofri Cnaani, Justin Taylor, Valeria Luiselli, Micaela Morrissette, M. Lamar, Laura van den Berg, Maureen Garner, Gary Canino, Rachel Stern, & Gary M. Kramer. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization: tickets and donations are tax-deductible up to the full extent of the law.



Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson's The Forbidden Room at Videology

A Three-Day Engagement of the Master Filmmaker's Latest Work.
Friday, Nov. 27 to Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn

Filmed live over eighteen days at the Centre Pompidou, Guy Maddin's latest is a maximalist phantasm in keeping with his exploration of film history and myth.

In a recent interview for BOMB Daily, Maddin says, "I had always rationalized that, in its industrial haste, the art of film—moving steadily along, because it’s part carny sideshow, part art form, part just product—still had all sorts of perfectly working, yet-unexhausted vocabulary units being tossed overboard while things sped down the road of film history. Why not cobble them together the way you would a collage?"


Visit Videology for details and tickets.



Juan Villoro in Conversation

Valeria Luiselli, Kimi Traube, & Naief Yehya celebrate the Mexican writer's new collection of stories with publisher George Braziller.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, 7:00pm

McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., NYC

Juan Villoro is Mexico’s most prolific author, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. He has received the Herralde award in Spain for his novel El Testigo, the Antonin Artaud award in France for Los Culpables, and his novel, Arrecife, was recently short-listed for the Rezzori Prize in Italy and will be published next year by Braziller. He lives in Mexico City and is a visiting lecturer at Harvard and Princeton Universities. 

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983. Her novels and essays have been widely translated and her work has been published in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's. She has collaborated with artists in numerous multidisciplinary projects; among those, she has written a ballet libretto for the British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, which was performed by the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center. She is studying for a a PhD in Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Granta published her first novel, Faces in the Crowd, in 2012, and her collection of essays, Sidewalks, in 2013. Her second novel, The Story of My Teeth, is forthcoming from Granta and Coffee House Press. She has been named as one of the 20 best Mexican writers under 40and received a National Book Foundation '5 under 35' award.

Naief Yehya is an industrial engineer, journalist, writer, film critic and cultural critic, publishes in La Jornada, Letras libres, Zocalo and Art Nexus, among others. He has published three novels, three short stories collections, and the essays: The Transformed Body: Cyborgs and our Technological Heritage in the Real World and Science FictionWar and Propaganda: Mass Media and the Myth of War in the USPornography, Technoculture, The Intimate Space Transformed in Times of War and Peace, and Pornculture. Yehya’s work deals mainly with the impact of technology, mass media, propaganda and pornography in culture and society. Yehya was born in Mexico City in 1963 and has lived in Brooklyn since 1992.

Kimi Traube's translations have appeared in BOMB Magazine, Powderkeg, and The Bridge Series at McNally Jackson. She has an MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University. She is currently working on a novel in prose poems.

George Braziller is thrilled to be publishing The Guilty, a brilliant, prize-winning collection of short stories. We encounter a border trucker making a movie about illegal migrants, a cuckolded football superstar, and a gluten-free American journalist seeking the authentic Mexican experience. A master of the postmodern narrative, Villoro gives us contemporary Mexico through a complex interplay of culture and psychology in the most surprising, fresh and humorous ways.

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BOMB at The Brooklyn Book Festival

Clockwise from top left: Eileen Myles, Francine Prose, Alejandro Zambra, Valeria Luiselli, James Hannaham, and Geoff Dyer.


Sunday, September 20, 2015
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street

Stop by booth #320 to check out the brand-new fall issue and meet BOMB staff and editors.

Several authors from BOMB's pages will be speaking at the festival. We recommend "Redrawing Boundaries" with Geoff Dyer, Francine Prose, and Eduardo Halfon, moderated by Ryan Chapman; "New Poetry" with Eileen Myles, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Saeed Jones, and Wendy Xu, moderated by Mary Gannon; "The New Latin American Literature" with Valeria Luiselli, Alejandro Zambra, Guadalupe Nettel, Yuri Herrera, and Andrés Neuman, moderated by Daniel Alarcón; "On the Job: Fiction at Work" with Otessa Moshfegh, Helen Phillips, and James Hannaham, moderated by DW Gibson; "Concrete Jungle" with Jonathan Lethem and John Leguizamo; "Scams and Swindles" with Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Pierre Lemaître, and Kettly Mars, moderated by Tom Roberge; and "Darkness and Light" with László Krasznahorkai, Andrés Neuman, and Naja Marie Aidt.

There are also numerous Bookend events running from September 14-21; see the complete schedule here. For more information about the Festival, visit their website here.


The NY Art Book Fair

September 17–20, 2015
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY

The NYABF is one of our favorite annual events, and we'll have loads of exclusives and limited-edition newsprints (Neo Rauch! Pedro Costa!) for readers. Stop by the BOMB table in room N on the second floor, meet the editors, and check out the new fall issue.

We also recommend catching the KNOW-WAVE Radio broadcast of Proyecto Líquido, presented by Wendy's Subway and Fundación Alumnos47, with Ted Dodson, Úrsula Fuentesberain, and Ada Smailbegović; Walead Beshty and Liam Gillick's keynote at the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference; and Futurepoem's "Messages to the Future" discussion, with project curators Dan Machlin, Mónica de la Torre, and Jeremy Sigler.

Full information about the Fair can be found here.


BOMB & Festival Scope at The Venice Film Festival

A partnership to bring readers the newest in world cinema.
September 2 - 12, 2015

Can't make it to Venice? Neither can we. Thanks to Festival Scope you can now stream entries from the Orizzonti Competition immediately after their premieres. Chances are some of these will become the critical darlings of 2016--and some may never be available again.

This is made possible through Venice's Sala Web program, which has previously included Chaitanya Tamhane's Court and Tim Sutton's Memphis.

Venice Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera says: "We are committed to making the Mostra even more accessible for anyone interested—from film enthusiasts to film professionals. The aim of Sala Web is to make them discover brand new films that may otherwise have remained beyond their reach. The films from the Orizzonti Competition and Biennale College represent truly inventive trends in the world cinema today: we are willing to find new ways to increase their visibility and develop their audience worldwide."

Tickets are limited to 400 for each title, and BOMB will give away a limited number through our weekly newsletter and at our upcoming Film Night with the Safdie Brothers. You can learn more about the films at Festival Scope.

Still from Madame Courage.

Venice Sala Web Titles

Italian Gangsters, by Renato De Maria. Italy.

Tharlo, by Pema Tseden. China.

Pecore in erba, by Alberto Caviglia. Italy.

Wednesday, May 9, by Vahid Jalilvand. Iran.

Madame Courage, by Merzak Allouache. Algeria, France, United Arab Emirates, Qatar.

Interruption, by Yorgos Zois. Greece, France, Croatia.

Why hast thou forsaken me? (Lama Azavtani), by Hadar Morag. Israel, France.

Mate-me por favor, by Anita Rocha Da Silveira. Brazil, Argentina.

Tempête, by Samuel Collardey. France.

Interrogation (Visaaranai), by Vetri Maaran. India.

Free in Deed, by Jake Mahaffy. USA, New Zealand.

About Festival Scope
Festival Scope is the online platform exclusively reserved for film professionals, which partners with the most prominent film festivals worldwide to bring the artistic discoveries, experience and business opportunities of the international festival circuit online.


BOMB Film Night: Josh & Benny Safdie's Daddy Longlegs

Rare NYC Screening + Conversation with the Filmmakers
Hosted by Nicholas Elliott

Thursday, September 3, 7:00pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

BOMB is pleased to present an evening of film, drinks, and conversation with the directors of one of the most acclaimed films of the past five years.

$5 advance tickets  |  $10 at the door  |  Free drink for BOMB subscribers

About the film

After months of being alone, sad, busy, sidetracked, free, lofty, late, and away from his kids, Lenny (Ronald Bronstein), 34 with graying frazzled hair, picks his kids up from school. Every year he spends a couple of weeks with his sons Sage (Sage Ranaldo), 9, and Frey (Frey Ranaldo), 7. Lenny juggles his kids and everything else all within a midtown studio apartment in New York City. He ultimately faces the choice of being their father or their friend with the idea that these two weeks must last 6 months. In these two weeks, a trip upstate, visitors from strange lands, a mother, a girlfriend, “magic” blankets, and complete lawlessness seem to take over their lives. The film is a swan song to excuses and irresponsibilities; to fatherhood and self-created experiences, and to what its like to be truly torn between being a child and being an adult.

Buy your ticket at OvationTix.


A summer market with your favorite publishers and magazines.

Saturday, August 1, 10:00am - 4:00pm ET
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Presented by BOMB & The Brooklyn Public Library
































Rain or shine. Unless it's an absurd amount of rain.

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Presented with The Brooklyn Public Library.

And that's not all. There will be readings inside the library's Dweck Center Auditorium throughout the day.


Top Image: Luis Camnitzer, from The Book of Holes, 1977, laminated black and white photograph, 11 × 14". Photo by Peter Schälchli, Zurich.

Readings & discussions throughout the Small Press Flea.

Saturday, August 1
Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center Auditorium
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Presented by BOMB and The Brooklyn Public Library

11:00am - 12:00pm  Belladonna*
Belladonna* hosts a reading featuring Purvi Shah, Adjua Greaves, Julia Tolo, and Chia-Lun Chang who will be responding to texts they consider foundational to their writing and/or social practice. Poet and Belladonna* member Emily Skillings will introduce the event.

Purvi Shah inspires change as a non-profit and media consultant, anti-violence advocate, and writer. In 2008, she won the inaugural SONY South Asian Social Service Excellence Award for her leadership fighting violence against women. During the 10th anniversary of 9/11, she directed Together We Are New York, a community-based poetry project to highlight Asian American voices. Terrain Tracks is her award-winning book of poetry. She is known for her sparkly eyeshadow and raucous laughter. Discover her work at http://purvipoets.net or @PurviPoets.

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves is an information artist making relational work in New York City. She is the founder of unschoolMFA, author of Of Wilderness and Academy: An Introductory Conclusion to unschoolMFA, and editor of the forthcoming 2016 Bulletin of ExtraInstitutional Higher Education.

Chia-Lun Chang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a poet, playwright, visual artist and an events coordinator at Belladonna* Collaborative. Her recent work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and Bone Bouquet. A recipient of two teaching fellowships, she has taught Chinese in Vietnam and Mississippi, and is a recipient of a 2015 Immigrant Artist Mentoring fellowship from NYFA. She lives in New York.

Julia Tolo earned her B.A. from the New School. Born in Oslo, Norway, she writes in Norwegian and English. Her English poetry and fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Slice Magazine, 12th Street Magazine and Black and Blue Writing, and her translations can be read in the latest issue of Eleven and a Half Journal. She lives in New York.

Belladonna* is a feminist collaborative press and event series dedicated to promoting the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language. More information about our history, events, recent publications and dynamic backlist can be found at our website: www.belladonnaseries.org

12:15pm - 1:15pm  DoubleCross Press
DoubleCross Press presents a reading with authors and poets Ian Dreiblatt, Christine Kelly, & the duo Krystal Languell and Robert Alan Wendeborn. Each will be reading from recently published DoubleCross Press chapbooks.

Ian Dreiblatt is a poet, translator, critic, and musician who lives in Brooklyn. His recent translations include Gogol's The Nose, Comradely Greetings (the prison correspondence of Pussy Riot's Nadyezhda Tolokonnikova with philosopher Slavoj Žižek), and various writing by insurgent artists of the Russian and Ukrainian left. sonnets, a chapbook, was published in 2014 by Metambesen, and letterpress-printed chap, בראשונה, was published in the spring of 2015 from DoubleCross Press. Work has additionally appeared in journals including BOMB, Web Conjunctions, The Agriculture Reader, Elderly, and Sink Review. In his spare time, he devises desolate walking tours of New York City, an obscure human settlement on the edge of America.

Krystal Languell was born in South Bend, Indiana. She is the author of the books Call the Catastrophists (BlazeVox, 2011) and Gray Market (Coconut, 2015) and the chapbooks Last Song (dancing girl press, 2014), and Be a Dead Girl (Argos Books, 2014). Recent publications include a collaboration with Robert Alan Wendeborn, Diamonds in the Flesh (Double Cross Press), and a collection of interviews, Archive Theft (Essay Press). A core member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, she also edits the journal Bone Bouquet. She was a 2013-2014 Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow and is currently a 2014-2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council workspace resident and Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute.

Robert Alan Wendeborn puts the bubbles in the beer at Ska Brewing. His poetry, reviews, and art have been featured in Pank, Sink Review, The Collagist and other other cool places. His first book, The Blank Target, was released on April 6, 2015 from The Lettered Streets Press. His first chapbook, a collaboration with poet Krystal Languell, titled, Diamonds in the Flesh, was also put out this spring from Double Cross Press. He currently lives and writes and loves in Durango, Colorado.

Christine Kelly is an artist and poet living in Brooklyn. Recent work has appeared in Yew Journal, New Pinky, Rhizome.org, and at Cleopatra's. Her first chapbook Pudding Time is forthcoming from DoubleCross Press.

DoubleCross Press is a small press focusing on handmade and letterpress-printed books of poetry and essays on the poetics of the handmade book. Established in 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, it has since had incarnations in Minneapolis and Brooklyn, and is run by MC Hyland, Jeff Peterson, and Anna Gurton-Wachter.

2:00pm - 3:00pm  Civil Coping Mechanisms
Civil Coping Mechanisms (CCM) presents a reading with authors and poets Gabby Bess, Joe Rippi, Sean Doyle, and Andrew Worthington. The event will be hosted and readers will be introduced by White Rabbit Executive Editor Kalliopi Mathios.

Gabby Bess is a multi-media artist and the author of the poetry and short story collection, Alone With Other People. Her videos have been screened in various exhibitions including gURLs at Transfer Gallery, O Miami, and VOX Populi: Uncanny Visions 4. She curates Illuminati Girl Gang, a publication that highlights female artists working within the context of internet culture. Currently, her work is focused on the labor of feminine performance in literature and art. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Joe Rippi is the author of Research: A Novel for Performance, Because, A Cloth House, The Orange Suitcase, and Do Something! Do Something! Do Something! He has also written two chapbooks: Puyallup, Washington (an interrogation) and Treesisters. He lives with his wife in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Sean H. Doyle lives in Brooklyn, New York. He works hard every day to be a better person, and is learning how to love himself more. His book, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2015. www.seanhdoyle.com

Andrew Worthington is the author of the novel Walls (2014, Civil Coping Mechanisms) and the collection Long Poems & Short Stories (forthcoming 2015, Monster House Press), as well as founding editor of the micropress and magazine Keep This Bag Away From Children. His writing has appeared in Vice, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Thought Catalog, Atticus Review, Everyday Genius, and The Fanzine.

Civil Coping Mechanisms is a small independent press continuously offering an expanding selection of innovative literature, nonfiction, and poetry. CCM is a community, advocating for unique voices while fostering an aggressive, highly passionate, community of readers, writers, and everything in between. Whether it be the online literary magazine side, ENTROPY, with its community-written novel, which has been ongoing since January of this year, “Their Days Are Numbered,” where every community member takes a week to write a chapter of the novel, or the press itself with a range of titles spanning as many unique, one-of-a-kind voices as possible, none remotely similar to the other, CCM is about adhering to the “coping” of the modern day. CCM publishes work that doesn’t shy away from the problem, the pain, the worry, the doubt—the mission to publish work that doesn’t take compromises, seeking voices so loud, it’s almost inevitable that in other spaces, editors would look to silence them. Because, we are all coping with something, and literature–that is, the line itself, words on the page–is one of our best coping mechanisms of all.

CCM is in the process of launching its first imprint: White Rabbit. White Rabbit seeks to publish children’s books that cultivate curiosity and original thinking while, at the same time, stretching the modes of the children’s book. Inspiring readers of all ages to think outside of the box, White Rabbit books will spark imagination by offering a brand of innovation that is often overlooked by mainstream publishers. White Rabbit exists under the belief that children need not be marketed to, but rather provided balanced, beautiful, well-written literature that instills a lifelong passion for reading. The imprint is planned to launch in the Fall of 2015 with titles from Dorothea Lasky and Porochista Khakpour.

3:15pm - 4:15pm  Wonder
This panel presented by WONDER departs from points in an essay written by panel member Rob Fitterman, titled “This Me That Isn’t Me is Me.” In his words: “Radical appropriation is used to consciously implicate a self that has been shaped by corporate mediation—a sense of self that has been dreamed up in the boardrooms of advertisers, software developers, and political policy makers. Often with quotational writing practices, the poet aims to contradict or highlight this “crafted” subjectivity while retaining or abandoning other elements of identity.” This panel looks into ways the “I” functions in a post-conceptual landscape, where lives are lived simultaneously online, at work and in domestic relationships, amidst an emotional meltdown.

Poets, Robert Fitterman, Diana Hamilton, and Monica McClure, will read from their books, which will be on hand for sale, then Ben Fama will lead a discussion followed by an audience Q & A.

Ben Fama is the author of several chapbooks and pamphlets, including the artist book Mall Witch (Wonder), Cool Memories (Spork), Odalisque (Bloof), and Aquarius Rising (UDP). His writing has appeared in The Believer, Denver Quarterly, Boston Review, Jubilat, Lit, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others. He is the co-founder of Wonder, and lives in New York City. Fantasy (UDP) is his first full-length poetry collection.

Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including No, Wait Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, Veer 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical (Subpress, 2006), and Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). His long poem Metropolis, has been published in 4 separate volumes. Rob’s Word Shop — an artist's book based on a durational performance project — is forthcoming from UDP in 2015. He is the founder of Collective Task, a collective of over 30 international artists and writers who complete monthly “tasks” assigned by its members. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Monica McClure is the author of the poetry collection, Tender Data (Birds, LLC). Her writing appears in Tin House, Jubilat, Fence, The Los Angeles Review, The Lit Review, Lambda Literary Review’s Spotlight Series, The Awl, Spork and elsewhere.

Diana Hamilton is the author of Universe (Ugly Duckling Presse), and Okay, Okay (Truck Books, 2012), a book about crying at work. Other critical and/or literary writing has appeared in P-QUEUE, Two Serious Ladies, and The Believer, among other places. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University.

Wonder is a New York City press publishing innovative poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Wonder is edited by Andrew Durbin, Ben Fama, and Trisha Low.


A @BOMBmag Instagram residency by DOORS UNLIMITED, instigated by Bethany Ides.
May 24-31, 2015

Our Instagram account hosted a site-specific and temporary work by Bethany Ides and DOORS UNLIMITED, part of our ongoing effort to bring the artist's voice to every aspect of BOMB.

Over the course of the week, a group of collaborating artists are engaged in a real-world iteration of Instagram's virtual environment, creating an evolving narrative about Instagram inside Instagram.

You can follow along @BOMBmag and through the #lovelasting, #bethanyides, and #doorsunlimited hashtags. You can also experience the residency through our Storify summary.

Photo by Bethany Ides.


Project Description: "Love Lasting is an improbable drama about honest/costly relations. Made of, in & for BOMB magazine's Instagram acct, Love Lasting follows the sensual arrangements of promiscuous surfaces conspicuously shifting in & out of synchronicity. The scenario unfolds at the temporary headquarters of DOORS UNLIMITED, a center for investigative operatics & anti-institutional resilient resourcefulness nestled in NY's Hudson Valley. Here, a group of artists act in supporting roles to objects, or 'proxy bodies.' As though a dating-themed reality show were set on location at one of Google's or Facebook's digital storage islands, the para-site lends occasion for data-rich analog entities to sun, flirt, mingle, & freely re-enchant."


Photo by Dan Wonderly.

Artist Biography: Bethany Ides' sprawlingly excessive intermedial performance-installation works have been presented broadly in venues such as Fragmental Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Mandragoras Art Space, PS122, Worksound, Half/Dozen Gallery, St Francis College, Tritriangle & PerformanceWorks NW. Her month-long soap opera-opera, Transient's Theme, premiered at The Knockdown Center in October 2014 following a decade of drafts & iterative installments. Earlier opera-works include Children Get Stuck Places Underground in 2010 & co + remote in 2004 w/ Seth Nehil. She is the author of Indeed, Insist (a mystery) [Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005] & Approximate L [Cosa Nostra Editions, 2006] & her poetic projects have appeared in several journals including The Brooklyn Rail, Clock, Cannibal, The Seneca Review, Allotrope & Tarpaulin Sky. In 2002, she co-founded FO (A) RM magazine, an interdisciplinary journal for arts & research, & in 2006 co-directed & curated The Gilded Pony Performance Festival. She writes on minor peculiarities related to sound w/ Mitchell Akiyama, records witchy-pop songs w/ Ryan Sullivan, methodically gesticulates the sacred & profane w/ Jonathan VanDyke, leads workshops in non-perfunctory punctuation w/ Rachel Jackson & Mahshid Rafiei, & generally goads people into building water where there may as well be bridges. In 2014, Ides established an experiment in provisional-conditional community in the Catskills called Almost-Although thru which 80 artists, writers, scholars, activists, musicians & performers participated in daily collaborative compositions. She teaches courses in literary & critical theory, theology, art history & text-as-art in graduate & undergraduate programs, most recently at Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts & Bard College.

BOMB's 34th Anniversary Gala & Auction

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Capitale, New York City

Paddle8 Online Auction
April 8-22, 2015

John Giorno & Ugo Rondinone
Ellen Phelan & Joel Shapiro
Mickalene Thomas

Laura Hoptman
Christopher Wool
AC Hudgins & Derrick Adams

Barbara Gladstone
Rachel Lehmann & David Maupin
Lybess Sweezy & Ken Miller

Honorary Chairs:
Kwame Anthony Appiah
Francine Prose

Get your Gala tickets today.

6:30 to 8pm   Cocktails and Canapés
6:30 to 10:30pm   Silent Art Auction
8pm   Seated Dinner, Toasts, and Live Auction
9:30 to 10:30pm   Dessert and Final Bidding

The online auction features works by:
Derrick Adams
Michele Araujo
Estate of Dan Asher
Rosa Barba
Joseph Bartscherer
Sheila Berger
Ben Berlow
Dianne Blell
Katherine Bradford
Joe Bradley: 1, 2, and 3
Rosanna Bruno
William S. Burroughs Estate
Paul Chan
Nicole Cherubini
Edward Clark
Adger Cowans
Moyra Davey
Verne Dawson
Assaf Evron
Jens Fänge
Paola Ferrario
Angelo Filomeno
Walton Ford
Sally Gall
Hope Gangloff
John Giorno
Estate of Michael Goldberg
Nan Goldin
Gianfranco Gorgoni
Charline von Heyl
James Hoff
Bethany Ides
Samuel Jablon
Suzanne Joelson
Matt Keegan
Richard Kraft
Deana Lawson
Greg Lindquist
Chris Martin
Leeza Meksin
John Miller
Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
Wangechi Mutu
Sarah Oppenheimer
Ellen Phelan
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
Ugo Rondinone
Kay Rosen
Brie Ruais
Charles Simonds
Rebecca Smith
Joe Sola
Keith Sonnier
Billy Sullivan
Mika Tajima
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Estate of Alan Uglow
Juan Uslé: 1 and 2
John Waters
Matthew Weinstein
Christine Wertheim
Stanley Whitney
Martin Wilner
Rob Wynne

Gala Décor by Madeline Weinrib
Gala Music by Matana Roberts


BOMB & Two Dollar Radio present Rae Armantrout, Sarah Gerard, Ian Dreiblatt, & Nicholas Rombes

Wednesday, April 8th 7pm
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Join BOMB and Two Dollar Radio for a reading with Rae ArmantroutSarah Gerard, Ian Dreiblatt, and Nicholas Rombes.

Rae Armantrout is a professor of writing in the Literature Department at the University of California at San Diego, and the author of eleven books of poetry, including Money Shot, Versed, Next Life, and Veil: New and Selected Poems.

Sarah Gerard is the author of the chapbook Things I Told My Mother and the novel Binary Star. Short works have appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, The Paris Review Daily, Joyland, The Los Angeles Review of Books and other journals. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works at BOMB Magazine.

Ian Dreiblatt is a poet, translator, critic, and musician who lives in Brooklyn. His recent translations include Gogol's The Nose, Comradely Greetings (the prison correspondence of Pussy Riot's Nadyezhda Tolokonnikova with philosopher Slavoj Žižek), and various writing by insurgent artists of the Russian and Ukrainian left. sonnets, a chapbook, was published in 2014 by Metambesen, and a letterpress-printed chap, בראשונה, is forthcoming in spring 2015 from DoubleCross Press. Work has additionally appeared in journals including BOMB, Web Conjunctions, The Agriculture Reader, Elderly, and Sink Review. In his spare time, he devises desolate walking tours of New York City, an obscure human settlement on the edge of America.

Nicholas Rombes is author of the novel The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing (Two Dollar Radio, October 2014) as well as Ramones from the acclaimed 33 1/3 series published by Bloomsbury. He is a contributing editor at Filmmaker Magazine and has written for The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, The Rumpus, n+1, and other places. He is a professor of English at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan.

AWP Happy Hour with BOMB, One-Story, and the Walker Art Center

Thursday, April 9th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm CST
The Walker's Garden Terrace
1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Playlist by Rachel Kushner

Drink with us at the Walker's Garden Terrace, the Twin Cities' most beautiful space and an architectural must-see. Meet up with old friends and make new friends.

We'll have a few BOMB Magazine and One Story giveaways on hand, plus drink tickets for the punctual. (Cash bar for the latecomers.) Plus a music playlist by Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers.

Happy hour is free with AWP badge, including full after-hours access to the Walker’s internationally-renowned galleries.

If you're coming from the convention center, it's a 20min. walk west, through Loring Park. The Walker Art Center also has a Nice Ride station.

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BOMB Guide to AWP

There are approximately ten million AWP-related events in Minneapolis. To help winnow them down to a manageable dozen or so, here are our picks for the best readings, panels, and parties. (Note that we chose not to include private events.)

Stop by the BOMB table to say hello and grab a print version of our AWP Guide.


Wednesday, April 8

BOMB Magazine and Two Dollar Radio present Sarah Gerard, Ian Dreiblatt, Nicholas Rombes, and Rae Armantrout
7:00pm at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

AWP Small Press Night
Co-hosted by Curbside Splendor Publishing, Anvil Press, Civil Coping Mechanisms, featherproof books, Barrelhouse, Tyrus Books. Book sales by: Vouched Books.
8:00pm at Crooked Pint Ale House, 501 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis

The Prince Purple Poetry Party
Cost: $5, plus wear something purple
10:00pm at The Record Room, 701 1st Ave N


Thursday, April 9

Small is the New Big: Working With Independent Presses to Build a Literary Career.
Michelle Brower, Ben George, Anitra Budd, Ethan Nosowsky, & Erin Harris
10:30am in Room L100 B&C, Lower Level

New Frontiers: Paving Space for Emerging Talent Off the Conventional Page.
Celia Johnson, Amanda Bullock, Sarah Bowlin, Michelle Brower, & Meredith Kaffel
12:00pm in Room L100 B&C, Lower Level

New Trends in Literary Publishing.
Jeffrey Lependorf, Fiona McCrae, Deena Drewis, Nathan Rostron, & Jon Fine
1:30pm in Auditorium Room 2, Level 1

Creating & Maintaining a Liberatory Space @ AWP15: Belladonna* | Litmus | Apogee | Counterpath
2:30pm at Gamut Gallery, 1006 South Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis

Happy Hour with BOMB, One Story, & The Walker Art Center
5:00pm at The Walker Art Center's Garden Terrace, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

Weird Atlas / Gazing Switchback
WEIRD SISTER, The Atlas Review, Gazing Grain Press, and Switchback Books invite you to join us for a night of amazing feminist poetry with Marisa Crawford, Cathy de la Cruz, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Soleil Ho, Anne Cecelia Holmes, Jenn Marie Nunes, Morgan Parker, Meg Day, & Natalie Eilbert
6:00pm at Crooked Pint Ale House, 501 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis

Bat City @ AWP 2015 Reading
Readings by Danez Smith, Dobby Gibson, Matthea Harvey, Matthew Rohrer, francine j. harris, James Gendron, & Jessica Piazza
7:00pm at Architectural Antiques, 1330 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis

The 2015 VIDA Awards
Cost: $10
7:30pm at the Skyway Theater, 711 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Celebrate Across the Arts with Kattywompus Press
Music from Cornelius Eady & Rough Magic. Theater from Sarah K. Jackson, Samantha Baker Harris & Chris Shipman. Poetry from Zack Rogow, Leah Umansky, Cornelius Eady, & Robin Messing
8:00pm at Poet's Corner of Kieran's Irish Pub, 85 6th St N, Minneapolis


Friday, April 10

Pinning Editors Down: Lit Mag Fiction Editors Define What Works.
Beth Staples, Aja Gabel, Emily Nemens, Jennifer Acker, & Timston Johnston
9:00am in Room M100 J, Mezzanine Level

From Page to Stage: How to Engage with an Audience.
Stacie Williams, Amber Tamblyn, Adam Wilson, Justin Taylor, & Jessica Anya Blau
12:00pm in Auditorium Room 1, Level 1

Hello, Is It Me You're Looking For? Finding Your Audience through Social Media.
Benjamin Samuel, Lincoln Michel, Rachel Fershleiser, Kathy Daneman
1:30pm in Room 205 A&B, Level 2

Computers in My Classes: A Pedagogy Roundtable on Workshopping (with) the Digital.
Julie Lein, Amaranth Borsuk, Robert Glick, Matthew Kirkpatrick, & Nick Montfort
3:00pm in Room 200 D&E, Level 2

Argonaut, Citizen, Empathy, Inoculation: New Nonfiction.
Eula Biss, Leslie Jamison, Maggie Nelson, & Claudia Rankine
4:30pm in Auditorium Room 1, Level 1

AWP Happy Hour with Open Letter and the University of Rochester
5:00pm at The Marquette Hotel, 710 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis

AWP Conference Reading: A Happy Hour Reading with Melissa Pritchard and Michael Coffey
5:00pm at Subtext Books, 165 Western Avenue, St. Paul

A Small Press Reading with Anomalous / Argos / Autumn Hill / Circumference / Deep Vellum / Em Dash / Ricochet
6:00pm at Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Ave S, Minneapolis

AWP OmnispeCt!acular: an offsite reading presented by speCt! books and Omnidawn Publishing
Sara Deniz Akant, Steffi Drewes, Colby Gillette, Angela Hume, David Koehn, Richard Meier, Laura Moriarty, Rusty Morrison, Dean Rader, Zach Savich, & Ely Shipley
6:00pm at The Riddle Room, 720 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis

Rain Taxi Presents: A Literary Tribute to Grant Hart and Hüsker Dü
Including John Beer, James Brubaker, Paula Cisewski, Maria Damon, Matthew Derby, Michael Fournier, Tim Horvath, Laurie Lindeen, Daniel Mahoney, Hoa Nguyen, Constance Squires, Justin Taylor, Joel Turnipseed, and maybe a surprise guest or two. Cost: $10.
9:00pm at Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis


Saturday, April 11

The Art of Literary Editing.
Brigid Hughes , Elisabeth Schmitz , Ethan Nosowsky, Jeffery Renard Allen, & Michael Thomas
10:30am in Auditorium Room 1, Level 1

The Other Track: MFAs in the Book Business.
Craig Teicher, Jeff Shotts, Jynne Martin, Caroline Casey, & Leslie Shipman
1:30pm in Auditorium Room 2, Level 1

Publishing Translations: The Small Press.
Matvei Yankelevich, Kendall Storey, Chad Post, & David Shook
3:00pm in Room 200 F&G, Level 2

Argos, Canarium, Futurepoem, Octopus, & Poor Claudia
Readings by John Beer, David Buuck, Jaime Shearn Coan, Christopher DeWeese, Karin Gottshall, Cecily Iddings, Elaine Kahn, Montana Ray, Kit Schluter, Danniel Schoonebeek, & Ronaldo Wilson
7:00pm at Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Ave S, Minneapolis

Lit + Art Party with FSG Originals & Paper Darts
Mini-readings by Amelia Gray, Brandi Wells, Dessa, John Brandon, John Jodzio, Lindsay Hunter, Laura van den Berg, Safy-Hallan Farah, & Simon Jacobs. Cost: $5
8:00pm at Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis

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BOMB at Mission Creek Festival

Saturday, April 4th, 11:00am - 6:00pm CST
Mission Creek Festival Indie Presses Book Fair
The Mill, 120 E. Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

We'll be selling the brand-new spring issue alongside our popular "If You Read Something, Say Something" tote bag at Mission Creek's Book Fair.

Stop by, say hello, and be sure to catch the 6pm reading by our own Sarah Gerard.


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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January Benefit Show
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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The Brooklyn Book Festival

September 21st, 10:00am - 6:00pm, 2014
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Stop by the BOMB booth and say hello. We'll be selling the brand-new Fall Issue, vintage copies of our literary supplement First Proof, and a few surprises from the archives.

And just for BKBF attendees we'll be raffling copies signed by Geoff Dyer, Roxane Gay, and Ben Lerner.

Recommended Panels:
10:00am In _____ We Trust, with Scott Cheshire, Fiona Maazel, and Rachel Urquhart

11:00am 21st Century Narrators, with Ben Lerner, Elif Batuman, Christine Smallwood, Lorin Stein, and Christian Lorentzen

12:00pm It’s the Little Things that Count, with Rivka Galchen, Annie Baker, Owen Egerton, and Sam Lipsyte

1:00pm Cultural Collisions: Around the Day in Eighty Worlds, with Valeria Luiselli, Paulo Scott, and Mylene Fernández Pintado

2:00pm This Woman's Work, with Roxane Gay, Kiese Laymon, and Leslie Jamsion

4:00pm Jonathan Lethem and Jules Feiffer in Conversation

5:00pm Poetic Visions, with Mark Doty, Matthea Harvey, and Danny Simmons

More about the Brooklyn Book Festival.

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

Let us know you're coming.

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.

Watch the video for James Hoff's "Blaster":

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.
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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.