Voices as Diverse as the Gulf itself.

Founded by Philip Lopate and Donald Barthelme in 1986, Gulf Coast is a journal of literature, art, and critical art writing, publishing contributors who represent a flow of international cultures, voices, and aesthetics. Through programs and publications, and in collaboration with the University of Houston, Gulf Coast brings consequential art and writing to an engaged audience.


Gulf Coast Summer Contests

Deadline: August 31st

Now accepting Submissions for The Gulf Coast Prize in Translation (Prose) and the Barthelme Prize for Short Prose.

Odd Splendor

Natalie Diaz, Tarfia Faizullah, David Tomas Martinez, Roger Reeves, Alan Shapiro

How do you think you yourselves can avoid in twenty years becoming the very establishment that the next generation of innovative writers will need to oppose?

From the GC Blog

Eyes (On the Photography of Amaal Said)

R.A. Villanueva

How to frame for you the work of Amaal Said, a London-rooted, Danish-born artist whose photography and writing irradiate landscapes with color and light? How to capture for you all the ways that she (and, by extension, her Barbican Young Poets and Burn…

Departure; Wings

R.A. Villanueva

By the time you read this, I'll be in the air. Southbound already.  And if the habit holds, all flight I'll be following the small, animated, real-time tracker with its shuffle of views and the sympathetic curve of the Earth.  There will be topography,…

Agorafobia, escritura, y yo: sobre el temor y la risa en Canyon Ranch

Bruno Rios

Pagaría muchísimo dinero por tener todavía esos emails que les escribí a mi familia y amigos en enero, 2003, desde Canyon Ranch. Tengo la sospecha de que son los mejores textos que…