Bomb (magazine)

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0 Cover body.jpg
Spring 2009 cover
Editors Betsy Sussler
Categories Literary magazine
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 14,000
First issue Spring 1981
Company New Arts Publications, Inc.
Country USA
Based in New York City
Language English
ISSN 0743-3204
Bomb senior editor Monica de la Torre, contributor John Reed and editor-in-chief Betsy Sussler

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, the Bomb issues section features new fiction and poems, several 500-word "Artist on Artist" essays, and a reviews section. Each winter issue is an "Americas" issue focusing on a specific region of North America, Central America, or South America. Spring, summer and fall issues are not themed. Bomb is published by New Art Publications, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.[1]


Bomb was launched in 1981 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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Archive at Columbia University[edit]

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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New Art Publications, Inc.
  2. ^ a b McClister, Nell. "BOMB Magazine: Celebrating 25 Years", BOMB, Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ Taylor, Kate (June 21, 2007). "Artists Talking Art, for 25 Years". New York Sun. Retrieved 2007-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Rare Book and Manuscript Library Acquires BOMB Magazine Archives". Columbia University. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 

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