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Olga Mexina

The best writing articulates the indescribable and names the unnamable. Precision and clarity are important, but it's something that transcends their boundaries in a text that makes it work. Last week in the workshop we discussed this in class, and, tending…


A Scary Frost Poem for You, On Halloween

Becca Wadlinger

I write to you this Halloween dressed as Margot Tenenbaum, excited to share a poem that never graces the "Best Scary Poems" lists so dear to poetry blogs around this time of year. The poem is "The Witch of Coos" by Robert Frost, and can be read in full…


Spotlight

Analicia Sotelo

It's true. I watch Glee. I know it's a show that is sometimes maudlin and cliché. I don't mind this. On Tuesdays, when I get home after teaching/workshopping/worrying about how well I'm doing at life, I like sitting in front of my TV's shiny gleam and…


On Houston, Art, Cheap Buys and Fried Pickles

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I love Houston. And I wasn't even born here. And I definitely didn't get here as fast as I could. Okay, I was born in the south. Swatting mosquitoes and fighting cockroaches are as natural to me as brushing my teeth. It's just what you do. A day on the…


Welcome to Issue 24.1 Online

Gulf Coast Online Editor

Cy Twombly passed on back in July, and we here at Gulf Coast wanted to honor him in a big way. His presence in our own city of Houston has been substantial over the years, especially in the form of his own gallery as part of the local Menil Collection…


Idling in October

Michelle Oakes

I hate driving. I think the freeway must be Hell, and I intend not to go there. That said, I can happily reflect that the adversarial nature of my relationship with Houston's roads and drivers is entirely out of keeping with all other relationships I've…


A Fan's Notes

Steve Sanders

For the sports fan, October is the time of narrative abundance, a time with endings both happy (see Albert Pujols and Nelson Cruz) and despairing (Boston, Epstein, fried chicken), second acts that promise to keep up interest well into the new year (the…


Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish: A Tribute to the Man Who Changed My World

Christine Ha

Last Wednesday evening, my cell phone rang while I was preparing dinner. I washed my hands before swiping and double-clicking on the iPhone screen. It was my husband calling to tell me Steve Jobs had died. After hanging up, I texted a friend using Apple's…


The Men (and Women) in the Iron (Editorial) Mask

Jameelah Lang

People hide themselves in a lot of different ways. Masks are really popular. Also, holes. Closets, forests. Sometimes people hide because they are in danger. Other times, for fun, an exciting way to surprise your friends! Halloween is another good excuse.…


The 2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Results

Ian Stansel

We're very excited to announce the winner and runners-up for the 2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. Our thanks to this year's judge, Sarah Manguso. Winner: "Grand Canyon II" by Erica Olsen of Dolores, CO Runners-up: "Why I Became a Fireman" by Paul…