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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A Secure Form of Living

Mahak Jain

The position was meant to be temporary, covering for the receptionist at a dental clinic while she visited family for four weeks.

In All Seriousness

Margaret Cipriano

Head full of fishes.
Someone says complicate the blue.
I do. I do. I do.

From the GC Blog

Dora Malech makes her entrance into experimental poetry

Despy Boutris

To “stet” is the act of making a textual change and then changing it back and so on and so forth. In the spirit of “stetting,” Stet also acts as a means of reinventing language,…

You Are Here: An Interview with Eduardo Portillo

Sheila Scoville

“When I built my first stretcher, it was like finding a big surprise. It let me reinforce what I had been doing with painting, which was playing around with points of tension, ideas…

Martin Riker's Debut is a Modern Recalibration of 1836 Novel Sheppard Lee

Ben Murphy

Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return demonstrates how beginning with a familiar object of interest (a quirky nineteenth century novel, for instance) can lead—if followed rightly—to…