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An Entirely New Milieu: Rethinking the MFA Story

Jeni McFarland

UPDATE: This piece has been edited since its original posting date. I’ve noticed a trend. It might be chalked up to coincidence, but I’m not convinced. The trend is that journals say they want more writing by women and people of color, but when the submissions…

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Gulf Coast Online

Giving to Gulf Coast always makes a difference. Our staff of nearly 35 editors, readers, and interns could not publish such a handsome compendium of art and writing—in print and online—without you. In 2015, submissions, subscriptions, and donations, alongside…

A Special Year-End Subscription Offer!

Gulf Coast Online

Dear friends and fellow travelers!   We took a poll among the staff and it was unanimous: Gulf Coast subscribers are pretty much the most fabulous people on the planet. You love art, literature, and beautiful books, and your subscriptions allow us to…


R.A. Villanueva

Of all the language I’ve transported over to poetry from other realms, “catalyst” is, by leaps and bounds, the term I depend on the most. It’s biochemical—alchemical, even. In its very nature there is activation, modification, change, rupture, drive,…

More Wreck and Less Discourse

R.A. Villanueva

By “traditional dynamic of the workshop,” I mean the ritual by which you “complete” a working draft and then bring that piece to a table or seminar room circled by your peers (and one or more established, accomplished writers) in order to hack away at what “works” or “isn’t quite working yet” about the poem (or story). It’s a well-trod dance by now and for all their perceived and received value, these sorts of engagements are often spiked with caveats.

Gulf Coast at LibroFEST 2015

Mandi Casolo

Last weekend, Gulf Coast Journal celebrated Latino literature, culture, and Hispanic heritage heroes at Houston’s LibroFest. In the festival’s fourth year, literary arts organizations, magazines, activists, writers, and vendors spent the beautiful afternoon…

Eyes (On the Photography of Amaal Said)

R.A. Villanueva

How to frame for you the work of Amaal Said, a London-rooted, Danish-born artist whose photography and writing irradiate landscapes with color and light? How to capture for you all the ways that she (and, by extension, her Barbican Young Poets and Burn…

Departure; Wings

R.A. Villanueva

By the time you read this, I'll be in the air. Southbound already.  And if the habit holds, all flight I'll be following the small, animated, real-time tracker with its shuffle of views and the sympathetic curve of the Earth.  There will be topography,…