The Gulf Coast Blog

Craft • Culture • News

Craft • Culture • News

The Sounds that Books Make

Claire Fuqua Anderson

I used to think audiobooks were for little old ladies who were losing their vision. (Little old ladies, bless you! You are the readers of America.) I could understand the arguments for long commutes and multitasking, and I'd even consider myself partial…


How My Writing Gets Written

Will Donnelly

In 1982, children's book author Arnold Lobel published Ming Lo Moves the Mountain. In it, Ming Lo and his wife live next to a mountain that causes them nothing but trouble. Rocks fall from the mountainsides, their garden is always in shadow, clouds around…


I Lied about Lying: Fiction, Truth, and Brutally Accurate Mimicry

Laura Jok

Over a bottle of wine, a writer friend of mine once caught me telling the truth. I drained my glass and forgot how to end sentences and started telling the story about a woman I knew who had dated Voldemort. "I remember that story," my friend said. I…


Defamiliarization, Again for the First Time

Will Wilkinson

A year or so ago, I listened to a Tin House podcast, a recording of Anthony Doerr, who usefully lays out a number of the themes of his talk in an this great handout): I argue to my students that (in most cases) verbal repetition has a blunting, even soporific…


Literary Magazine Submission Tips Submitted to Myself

Joseph Scapellato

I. Submit Why? Submit to the idea that submitting your work to literary magazines is an essential part of the writing process: compose, revise, revise, revise, revise, revise, revise, revise, revise, submit. Submit to the idea that submitting your work…


Oh, But I Insist

Layla Benitez-James

Lately I have been thinking about urgency and insistence in poetry; about those moments where the poet really reaches through the page and grabs the reader by the collar. Often these are moments when the writer seems to become obsessed with some idea…


The Top 16 Sexiest Lit Mag Covers in the Last 6 Years

Karyna McGlynn

AWP is a few weeks away and, despite my well-documented anxieties about the whole shebang, I'm particularly looking forward to the book fair this year. When I'm not hunkered down at the Gulf Coast table hawking our new "Sexy Lady" issue, I'll be scouring…


I'm Good, I'm Gone: Lykke Li, Looking Back, and the Culture of Loss

Elizabeth Lyons

Alone in my apartment, I still prefer to listen to music on my iPod. There's something about the immersive experience of music through headphones. There's something about the way I can sing along and not have to hear my voice as I do so. Perhaps it's…


Who Is Sylvia? What Is She?

Patrick Clement James

I used to love ghost stories, back when death didn't seem so real. When I was young, my dad often took my brother and I camping. At night we sat around the fire, roasting marshmallows, and he told us about monsters, aliens, and ghosts. We lived in New…


Love, Power, and the New Majority

David Tomas Martinez

As all of our worlds grow a little smaller, the monopolization of less influential cultures by more dominant ones accelerates us toward one culture. While other countries lean toward a more polylinguistic society in their educational system, in America…