Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Art is a leading literary magazine from Houston, Texas. Founded in 1986 by Donald Barthelme and Philip Lopate, Gulf Coast was envisioned as an intersection between the literary and visual arts communities. As a result, Gulf Coast has partnered with the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, and the Menil Collection to showcase some of the most important literary and artistic talents in the United States. Executive editors past and present include Mark Doty (1999–2005), Claudia Rankine, (2006) and Nick Flynn (2007).
Publishing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, Gulf Coast prides itself on its eye for talent. Gulf Coast has received numerous honors over the years, and its authors are regularly included in the Best American, O. Henry, and Pushcart anthologies. In 2007 alone, Heather McHugh chose David Shumate’s “Drawing Jesus,” which first appeared in Gulf Coast, for The Best American Poetry 2007, and Stephen King listed Peter Bognanni’s “The Body Eternal” and Sandra Novack’s “Memphis,” again premiering in Gulf Coast, among the 100 Distinguished Stories in The Best American Short Stories 2007. In 2006, authors who were published by Gulf Coast early in their careers went on to win the Yale Younger Poets Award, the APR/Honickman Prize, the National Poetry Series, and the Juniper Prize. Gulf Coast featured artists Robyn O’Neil and Amy Blakemore have been selected for the prestigious Whitney Biennial.
Glass Mountain is the Department of English's new journal of literature and art.