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Gulf Coast

A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

About Gulf Coast: Committed to publishing high quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and critical art writing from both established and emerging writers. Includes full-color art, interviews, and book reviews.

Contact Information:

University of Houston

Department of English

Houston, TX  77204-3013

Phone: (713) 743-3223



Submission/Subscription Information:

ISSN: 0896-2251 Founded: 1985 Issues per year: 2 Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Reading period: 8/15-3/15 Response time: 3-5 months Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) Distributors: Ingram Periodicals Average pages: 280 Sample copy (postpaid): $8 Cover Price: $10 Back Issues: $8 Subscription (Ind): $16/1year; $28/2 years Subscription (Inst): $16

Publisher’s Description: Founded in 1985 by Donald Barthelme, Philip Lopate, and UH Creative Writing Program Graduate Students, Gulf Coast has been hailed by Sven Birkerts as an “established player” in the “progressive mainstream” (Boston Globe, 2004).

Each issue also includes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from established and emerging writers, as well as two full-color art features and extensive book reviews. Authors included in the current issue or in the issue forthcoming in Fall 2013 include Anne Carson, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Quan Barry, Kevin Brockmeier, Patricia Hampl, Simeon Berry, Alan Heathcock, Traci Brimhall, Juan Felipe Herrera, Melanie Rae Thon, Lucie Brock-Broido, Emma Straub, Eamon Grennan, and many emerging writers. Also featured in the forthcoming issue will be an expanded critical art writing section and an illustrated roundtable on the art and craft of the graphic novel.

Works originally published in Gulf Coast have been selected for PEN/O. Henry, Pushcart, and Best American anthologies, including selections for 2013 Best American Poetry and 2014 Best American Travel Writing. Previously published authors include Sherman Alexie, Anne Carson, Junot Diaz, Billy Collins, Lauren Slater, Padgett Powell, Steve Almond, Maggie Shipstead, Seamus Heaney, Alix Ohlin, Carl Phillips, Mary Gaitskill, Terrance Hayes, Norman Dubie, Paul Muldoon, Laura Kasischke, Karen An-Hwei Lee, Mahmoud Darwish, and Philip Levine.

Recent issues:

The Summer/Fall 2014 issue features the winners of the 2013 Barthelme Prizes, judged by Robert Coover: Lawrence Coates, Ana Reyes, and Colin Winnette; fiction by Halimah Marcus and Sierra Bellows; nonfiction by John D’Agata, Timothy Denevi, and Will Boast; poetry by Joe Wenderoth, David Kirby, Carl Phillips, Margo Berdeshevsky, Richie Hofmann, and more; a conversation between Stephen Burt and Maureen N. McLane; and a roundtable on death penalty narratives featuring Pamela Colloff, Leslie Jill Patterson, Anthony Graves, David R. Dow, and Jessica Blank. Visual art and critical art writing by Fallen Fruit, Clarissa Tossin, Zineb Sedira, and more.

Winter/Spring 2014, with features from JR Fenn, M.K. Foster, Ilya Kaminsky, and Alexander Lumans; fiction from Justin Carroll, Alan Heathcock, Celeste Ng, and Melanie Rae Thon; nonfiction from Lindsey Drager, Matthew Gavin Frank, Patricia Hampl, Marya Hornbacher, Pam Houston, Megan Kimble, Marissa Landrigan, and Jacob Newberry; and poetry from Nico Alvarado, Anne Barngrover, Rebecca Bates, Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Anne Carson, Christopher Kempf, Heather Sellers, and more.

The Summer/Fall 2013 issue includes the winners of the 2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Ander Monson: Winner Josie Sigler and Honorable Mentions John Longo and Emma Copley Eisenberg. The issue also features a roundtable on Latin@ writers, with Gustavo Arellano, Angie Cruz, Carolina Ebeid, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Juan Felipe Herrera, David Tomas Martinez, and Carmen Gimenez Smith. Also included is fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by authors such as Kevin Brockmeier, Simeon Berry, Patti White, Emma Straub, Eamon Grennan, Danniel Schoonebeek, Laura Kasischke, Martha Collins, Quan Barry, and Wendy Xu. Visual art by Skylar Fein, William Witte, and Mel Chin.


last updated 06/02/2014