About the Bureau

The Bureau of Complaint is an online literary magazine for the unsatisfied. The world has had enough toxic positivity. We publish writing and other forms of art that voice the real and legitimate gripes of the present moment.

New work is posted every Monday.


LJ Pemberton is a writer / artist living in Los Angeles, California. Her essays, poetry, and award-winning stories have been featured in the Los Angeles Review, Hobart, PANK, LEVEE, Cobalt, VICE, the Brooklyn Rail, the Northwest Review, Drunk Monkeys, and elsewhere. New work is forthcoming from Cosmonauts Avenue and Exacting Clam. She currently reviews fiction for Publishers Weekly. Her (yet unpublished) novel, STARBOI, is a queer tale of obsession and heartbreak set in the recent past. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and is formerly an assistant editor at NOON. You can find her on twitter @ljabouttown.


Tye Pemberton is the co-creator of the webseries Quick Brick Tips. His fiction has appeared internationally in Versal, and domestically in California’s Watchword. His nonfiction can be found at The Rumpus, BookTrib, The Life Sentence, PopMatters, and in the journal We Still Like. He holds an MFA from Columbia University. You can find him on twitter @pemberto.

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