Voices as Diverse as the Gulf itself.

Founded by Phillip 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.

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Where She Was Forgotten

Karla Clark

before brunch bottomless hipsters march on / MLK would say these chicken tenders taste like / freedom rings

from Chauffer le dehors: Winner of the 2020 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation

Marie-Andrée Gill (translated by Kristen Renee Miller)

A caress without purpose, a splicing of limbs, / a dust kitten on the floor, a room closed off in / fall, a scab torn off, regrown. // I lay my remains on the stove, and all my birds / hide themselves away to die.

From the GC Blog

Origin Story: Wood

Robert James Russell

When I was young, I carved my name into a two-pronged tree in our backyard that looked like a giant slingshot. It was my tree. I used to rest in its crook and look out over the lawn.…

Origin Story: Purple

Robert James Russell

My first curiosity with the color purple was in church. The formidably wiry Lutheran pastor, Pastor O___, with his black bowlcut and his square jaw and set-upon shoulders, bemoaned…

"More than One Shadow": An Interview with Eduardo C. Corral

Justin Jannise

"I am pouring my language into new containers again and again, and I make sure each container has a different line length. As I pour my language into these new containers, I’m forcing…