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.

Gulf Coast is a student-run non-profit entity. To learn more, see our masthead and executive board information here.


Diasporic Stories as Revelation: An Interview with Ruth Madievsky

Greg Mania

When we think about inheritance, we tend to think about the tangible: property, titles, investments. Maybe jewelry, cars, or antique furniture. Or it can refer to a collection of traits: eye color, blood type, a predisposition to a health condition. But what about the things that evade the exact, the defined? The things that course through our blood and sway how we move through the world like an invisible force, immune to clear-cut language?  In…

Carrie Buck

Caroline Plasket

I birthed her. And when I think back it is like / a nearly drowned head cutting the water’s surface.

From the GC Blog

Losing the Plot: On Lauren Berlant's Desire/Love

Christina McCausland

In their entry on love, Berlant writes that we tend to (mistakenly) use the objects our desire attaches to in order to assume an identity— “you know who you ‘are’ only by interpreting…

Feeling Political

Anthony Sutton

For Berlant, part of the problem of politics is that marginalized people have to accommodate the feelings of their majority counterparts in order to successfully exist in public, or…

Berlant’s Phraseology: An Impression

Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué

Lauren Berlant was ripe for imitation. Some young scholars imitated them in their writing in the hopes of being taken more seriously, disgruntled students imitated them as a way of…