We are an arts quarterly and nonprofit, founded in 1981. Interviews, fiction, poetry, photography, readings, parties, concerts, contests & more.
Named after Wyndham Lewis’s BLAST, a 1914 journal edited by artists and writers, BOMB Magazine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, launched in 1981 as an artists’ and writers’ quarterly because its founders saw a disparity between the way artists talked about their work among themselves and the way it was described by critics. As a result, BOMB has made the artist’s voice an essential component of cultural discourse.
BOMB reveals artists’ ideas, thoughts and creative processes by producing in-depth interviews between visual artists, writers, musicians, actors, directors, choreographers, performers and architects across multiple platforms-in print, online, and at live events. Publishing carefully developed dialogues that delve deep into theory and practice, BOMB has re-invented the question-and-answer format, allowing for complex discussions about art to emerge.
BOMB’s interviews are legendary.
Because in the pages of BOMB, artists get to be the authors of their own tales.
Over the last 30 years, BOMB has grown to become an international magazine with an editorial board of over 80 professional artists, writers, actors, directors, architects, and musicians serving as our Contributing Editors. The BOMB Digital Archive, available online for free worldwide, contains over 1,000 interviews from the last quarter century—that’s more than 2,000 voices comprising an ongoing conversation that has changed the nature of cultural discourse. Considered primary documents of American cultural history, BOMB’s archives have twice been awarded NEA Heritage and Preservation Grants for Excellence and have been acquired by Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2004. In addition to our Interviews, BOMB features "Artists on Artists" essays and First Proof, BOMB's literary supplement, featuring original fiction and poetry, excerpts of novels, and first-time translations into English.
In addition to the magazine, BOMB produces the audio and video series BOMBLive!, which pairs artists and writers in lively and intimate conversations about the creative process. BOMB also hosts a variety of events around the country, including launch parties; readings, panels, and performances; an Annual Gala & Silent Auction fundraiser; and participates in such fairs and conventions as AWP, CAA, BEA, ALA, among others.
Visit BOMBsite.com for extras and continuations from the print edition, as well as web-exclusives like streaming videos, podcasts, web-only interviews, audio and video clips from artist's works. Check out BOMBlog for original content such as reviews, poems, event listings, video, and discussion boards.
BOMB-outspoken and timeless-interviews that change the way we think about the arts, by the people who make the arts.