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: Dolos

Robert James Russell

It’s true: humans have a desire not just to tame nature, but to be its master, to live where and how we want and to not apologize for it. The second half of this equation, then, is…

"Sentences Are Painful to Make": An Interview with Kyle Minor

Colby Ornell

Sentences are painful to make, and we now live in a culture in which the words are made into minefields after they’re spoken or typed. I feel a lot more freedom with images, which convey…

Origin Story: Pigeon

Robert James Russell

What is it to call an animal or a plant a pest, anyway? To say it does not belong wherever it might find itself? We worry so much about words like endemic and exotic, forgetting that…