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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But Mostly Weeding: Winner of the 2021 Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction

Leila Renee

The sun sets. In the line to board the bus, Wayde decides that he only wants one thing out of this journey: an apology. That is the only way he will accept his father. Wayde cares about the hunger, true, and the eviction, but he also cares about filling the void his father’s absence has carved in his body. He dreams of his father kissing his feet, ravaged with shame.

Dispatch from the Racial Mountain: Winner of the 2021 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction

Alison C. Rollins

Two coins. Gold glints from each of Toni Morrison’s eyelids. One nugget. A small treasure rests inside the cave of her mouth. Gray gleams. Evidence of a metal-lid tin of Royal Crown Hair Dressing. In the dark, her locks shine like stars ordered in single-file lines. August of 2019, the summer Morrison passed, I made a different type of transition.

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…