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The Poem is an Exploration: Ellen Bass Interviewed by Wallace Ludel
Indigo by Ellen Bass

On the life experiences that smooth our edges, writing into the unknown, and the brutality of love.

The Poem is an Exploration: Ellen Bass Interviewed by Wallace Ludel
Indigo by Ellen Bass

On the life experiences that smooth our edges, writing into the unknown, and the brutality of love.

Oral History Project: Dindga McCannon by Philip Glahn
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Most artists will tell you, the pieces create themselves. You’re just the vehicle or the vessel that this creativity is going through.

Issue #152: Craig Taborn by Camille Norment
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Two sound artists on noise, fractals, Bach, Cecil Taylor, the new 7 PM ritual, and whether we still have use for the word improvisation.

Field Recording by Tashi Wada & Julia Holter
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In May, BOMB asked artists how COVID-19 and quarantine were affecting their creative process. How were they making art now?

Cultural Hierarchies: Kate Milliken Interviewed by Lydia Kiesling
Kept Animals by Kate Milliken

On writing about California in the 1990s, embodying our experiences, and launching a novel during a pandemic.

Inherently Interdisciplinary: Jasmine Dreame Wagner Interviewed by Robert Rubsam
Jasmine Dreame Wagner Portrait

The artist on how her practices influence one another, who gets to be a “Renaissance man,” and the significance of DIY ethics.

Structure Without a Center: Jennie C. Jones Interviewed by Jared Quinton
Jennie C  Jones Fractured Crescendo Rest1

Minimalist painting with a maximalist impulse.

Announcing the Winner of BOMB’s 2020 Poetry Contest
Stephanie Jean

BOMB is thrilled to announce Stephanie Jean as the winner of our 2020 Poetry Contest.

You’re Still Sick by Pato Hebert & Alexandra Juhasz
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Two artists and activists share their thoughts on COVID-19 and mutual care.

Room with a View: Akwaeke Emezi & Jennifer Baker
Rwav Web Emezi Baker

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Akwaeke Emezi’s new novel, The Death of Vivek Oji.

Searching for Origin Stories: Karolina Waclawiak Interviewed by Diane Cook
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On trying to pre-grieve, the expansiveness of the desert, and writing the book she wanted to write.

Real People: Ari Braverman Interviewed by Liza St. James
The Ballad of Big Feeling by Ari Braverman

The debut writer on how vignettes became a novel, bodies as objects, and why discomfort is comfortable to read.

Slowing Images Down: Andrew Sendor Interviewed by Will Fenstermaker
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Making drawings of Instagram posts during COVID-19.

Fellowships and Residencies Summer 2020
Hemingway Exterior

Our quarterly roundup of fellowships, residencies, and prizes accepting applications.

Beyond Form: Reynols Interviewed by Jack Callahan
Reynols Nikinoto

Trying to make the freest music possible.

Odili Donald Odita by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi
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For BOMB’s Oral History Project, Odita, known for his geometric paintings, recalls growing up as a refugee from the Nigerian Civil War and the influence of his father, a historian of African art.

Parts and Labor by Halimah Marcus
Blue Bike

The first time I saw Jane I was working at the bike shop, a veritable cacophony of grease and gunk I only survived by occupying my hands. Bikes had a purpose that had nothing to do with me—every part fit together properly so my mind could remain free and unviolated. Her left knee was scrapped, with pieces of pavement lodged in the wound. The sight disrupted my hard-earned equilibrium. I tried not to look, but it was too late. I had already imagined retrieving the bits of bloody gravel from her abrasion and rolling them like candy on my tongue.

Metaphors of Malleability: Shawanda Corbett Interviewed by Jareh Das
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The recent Turner bursary recipient discusses her interdisciplinary practice.

Fun Stuff: Adam Wilson Interviewed by Kimberly King Parsons
Sensation Machines

On writing a polyphonic novel, the female perspective, parenthood, and the near future.

It’s Not Going to Go the Way You Think: Emerson Whitney Interviewed by Greg Mania
Bomb Heaven Green

On writing felt-sense memories, attending philosophy camp, and the ever-changing nature of language.

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