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Bomb is a quarterly magazine edited by artists and writers. It is composed, primarily, of interviews between creative people working in a variety of disciplines — visual art, literature, music, film, theater and architecture. In addition to interviews, Bomb issues feature new fiction and poetry, several 500-word "Artist on Artist" essays, and a reviews section. Bomb is published by New Art Publications, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.[1]

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Spring 2009 cover
EditorsBetsy Sussler, Andrew Bourne, Sabine Russ
CategoriesLiterary magazine
First issueSpring 1981
CompanyNew Arts Publications, Inc.
Based inNew York City
Bomb senior editor Monica de la Torre, contributor John Reed and editor-in-chief Betsy Sussler



Bomb was launched in 1981[2][3] by a group of New York City-based artists, including Betsy Sussler, Sarah Charlesworth, Glenn O'Brien, Michael McClard, and Liza Bear, who sought to record and promote public conversations between artists without mediation by critics or journalists.[4]

The name Bomb is a reference to both Wyndham Lewis's Blast and the fact that the magazine's original editors expected the publication to "bomb" after one or two issues.[4] Shortly after its founding, Bomb formed a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, New Art Publications, Inc., which publishes the journal.

In 2005, the Bomb offices moved from the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, New York, to Fort Greene, Brooklyn.[citation needed] By June 2007, Bomb had published 100 issues.[5]

Notable ContributorsEdit

Archive at Columbia UniversityEdit

In 2004, Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired Bomb's archives, including 24 years' worth of audio recordings, raw and edited interview transcripts, manuscripts, galleys and assorted ephemera.[6]

Oral History ProjectEdit

Bomb's Oral History Project documents the lives of New York City's African-American Artists. Participants include Edward Clark, Kara Walker & Larry Walker, Wangechi Mutu, Gerald Jackson, Adger Cowans, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Melvin Edwards, Terry Adkins, Eldzier Cortor and Stanley Whitney. [7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ New Art Publications, Inc.
  2. ^ "Literary Magazines". Story Teller Art. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "Top 50 Literary Magazine". EWR. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  4. ^ a b McClister, Nell. "BOMB Magazine: Celebrating 25 Years", BOMB, Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Taylor, Kate (June 21, 2007). "Artists Talking Art, for 25 Years". New York Sun. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  6. ^ "Rare Book and Manuscript Library Acquires BOMB Magazine Archives". Columbia University. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  7. ^ Oral History Project. "The Oral History Project", BOMB, Retrieved 5 June 2015.

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