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Craft • Culture • News


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,…

Upcoming Guest Blogger: R. A. Villanueva

Gulf Coast Online

September is upon us, and with it, so is another Gulf Coast Blogger in residence. We're pleased to bring you discussions on craft, interviews and other media from R. A. Villanueva, author of Reliquaria (winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize). He is…

Unmaking: Decolonizing Character, Body and Voice

Lidia Yuknavitch

I’m not going to lie to you.  I just wrote a novel that disassembles most of what we think of when we say “novel.”  But before you dismiss the idea, consider another:  the entire enterprise of the novel contains within it the seeds of its own unmaking,…

Upcoming Guest Blogger: Lidia Yuknavitch

Georgia Pearle

The Gulf Coast Blog is gearing up for another month-long resident blogger: Help us welcome Lidia Yuknavitch to the GC Blog starting Monday, July 6th.   Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the novel The Small Backs of Children (Harper, July 2015 ), the anti-memoir…