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We Belong in The World: Ben Fama Interviewed by gin hart
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The poet on writing about the prostrate subject, friendship IRL, and life wishes.

Multitudes and Multitudes: Shane McCrae Interviewed by Anastasios Karnazes
The Guilded Auction Block

The poet on responding to atrocity through formalism and sneaking an epic into his upcoming collection.

Paying Attention to Human Failure: Peg Alford Pursell Interviewed by Taylor Larsen
A Girl Goes Into The Forest

The writer on her new collection of seventy-eight stories, lyrical compression, and protecting artistic inner silence.

Valves Wide Open: Kimberly King Parsons Interviewed by Lincoln Michel
Black Light

The writer on her new story collection, working sentence by sentence, and giving in to her influences.

Two Poems by Sarah Jean Grimm
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The house was quiet and the world / Greased my palm / The air outside a weighted blanket / Scarab shells rising with the pitch of their hiss / In the shadow of a bodacious oak / I thought of a famous actor

The Slippery Ideal of American Freedom: Joshua Furst Interviewed by Vince Passaro
Revolutionaries

A novel about childhood memories of a radical milieu and what it tells us about our times.

Maryse Meijer’s Rag by Daniel Felsenthal
Rag

A short story collection with a nuanced sense of morality.


Two Stories by Diane Williams

Did she have a deep cut?

Announcing the Winner of BOMB’s 2019 Fiction Contest
Contest 2019

We are thrilled to announce BOMB’s 2019 Fiction Contest winner, Alexandra Gauss, whose work was selected by the writer and artist Renee Gladman.

Shared Violence, Hope, and Connectedness: Julia Phillips Interviewed by Bill Cheng
Disappearing Earth

On traveling to Kamchatka as an American and how domestic violence advocacy inspired a novel about community and complicity.

Ann Quin’s Berg by Dan Shurley
Berg

In her first novel, Quin eschews redemption or resolution, suggesting that the Oedipal drama will go on endlessly in new configurations.

Geovani Martins Issue #148 by Julia Sanches
Sun On My Head

Grounded in the rhythms and vernacular of Brazil’s periferias, the writer’s debut story collection, The Sun on My Head, centers on the lives of young men growing up in Rio’s favela communities.

Transmuting Delusion: Ryan Chapman Interviewed by John Wray
Riots I Have Known

The novelist on writing a hustler par excellence and showcasing the deprivations of the American prison system.

An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Cloves by Harmony Holiday
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On resisting parasitic invasions—from the poisons in our soil, to toxic masculinity in the psyche.

An Homage to How Artists Inspire Artists: Courtney Maum Interviewed by Katharine Coldiron
Costalegre

The author on writing about the swell before a war, factual inaccuracy as surrealism, and taking a jab at our own heedlessness.

A Secret Cut in History: Amanda Lee Koe Interviewed by Leah Dworkin
Delayed Rays2

The novelist on studying cinema in Singapore and how she came to imagine the queer love lives of Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl.

Chavisa Woods’s 100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
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Chavisa Woods tells a linear but fragmented personal story of growing up and coming of age in a misogynist culture

Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader by Ammiel Alcalay
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Long neglected poet Stephen Jonas created a complex web of self-mythologized identities to escape any form of categorization …

Walks to the Paradise Garden by J.W. McCormack
Walks Through Paradise Garden

In a 1988 interview for the LA Times, self-taught artist Reverend Howard Finster explained his creative predicament …

Writing That Daydream: Ayşegül Savaş Interviewed by Catherine Lacey
Walking On The Ceiling5

The debut novelist on her literary influences, informal storytelling, and the imaginative possibilities of walking.

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