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Rules are for Breaking: Corinne Manning Interviewed by Cara Hoffman
Corinne Manning Original Yellow

On pageantry, the contradictions of family, and writing about queer femmes.

Rules are for Breaking: Corinne Manning Interviewed by Cara Hoffman
Corinne Manning Original Yellow

On pageantry, the contradictions of family, and writing about queer femmes.

Refusing Erasure: Raven Leilani Interviewed by Sarah Etter
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On candidly depicting a black woman’s consciousness, the contradictions of intimacy, and the joys of other art forms.

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.

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.

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.

Room with a View: Akwaeke Emezi & Jennifer Baker
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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.

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.

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

From Natural History by Carlos Fonseca
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It must have been during those months when an accident slightly threw off my routine. And maybe it was in those months when I finally found—though I wasn’t looking for it—a brief respite. One day I was at Giovanna’s and she read me a few lines of the subcomandante’s, poetic lines that told the story of a viceroy of India who dreams that his kingdom is destroyed.

Laura van den Berg & Karolina Waclawiak: Hosted by R.O. Kwon
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Join us as we celebrate the launch of two summer books!

Laura van den Berg & Karolina Waclawiak: Hosted by R.O. Kwon
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Join us as we celebrate the launch of two summer books!

To Create Ourselves Between the Day: Mark Nowak Interviewed by Voices: Poetry for the People
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On the relationship between poetry and social struggle.

Gradations of Anxiety and Precarity: Lynn Steger Strong Interviewed by Zan Romanoff
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The writer on her new novel, looking at the spectrum of privilege, and subverting female friendship tropes.

Subscriber Exclusive: Lydia Davis Broadsheet
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Two new Lydia Davis stories on a collectible broadsheet.

Projecting Desires: Sarah Gerard Interviewed by Elle Nash
Bomb True Love Purple

The writer on her new novel, creative partnerships, sex as communication, and tending to old drafts.

From Invisibility to Visibility: Sanaë Lemoine Interviewed by Lynn Steger Strong
Bomb The Margot Affair

The writer on writing about secrets, food as love language, and releasing a debut novel during a pandemic.

Collision of Histories: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan Interviewed by Chaya Bhuvaneswar
Starling Days Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

On writing mentally ill characters with nuance and how our identities shape the power relationships of our most intimate interactions.

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