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A Sense of Place

Elizabeth Lyons

½Then the Midwest. I have always loved the loneliness of those midsized cities strewn along the plains, in them it seems to me my heart would at last be that open field where an entirely new love could snow. -Matthew Zapruder, "Dobby's Sweatshirt" I wonder…


Ronald Johnson's Cookbooks

Samuel Amadon

When we think of Ronald Johnson, we probably think of his erasure Radi os or of his long poem ARK--which is in desperate need of a reissue--but he was also the author of several excellent cookbooks: The Aficionado's Southwestern Cooking--the most comprehensive…


Please do judge us by our cover

Becca Wadlinger

Image: The Citizen-Scientist Bands (2010) by Dario Robleto. Image courtesy of Brad Nagar and Reid Sutton Collection. Here's a sneak peek at the cover for Gulf Coast's 25th anniversary issue (Summer/Fall 2011). The issue includes some real rock stars on…


On Cinema Violence and Lara Logan's Assault in Egypt

Polina Slavcheva

"For the female spectator there is a certain over-presence of the image - she is the image." ¶Mary Ann Doane in "Film and the Masquerade" I recently saw Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, which had many scenes of sexual and psychological violence. For many of you,…


When We Were Very Young

Sophie Klahr

Eavesdropping on my parents during a visit to Pittsburgh this winter, I became certain that I'd been born into an environment where becoming a writer or language-invested artist of some type was inevitable. I wasn't eavesdropping deliberately; my parent's…


Long Distance

Aja Gabel

I did something kind of crazy last month. I ran a marathon, my first. I know most runners like to say how incredible it feels to run a marathon, to push your body beyond your known limits, to test your mental capacity, to complete a goal often worked…


On the Music of Prose

Gulf Coast Online Editor

Before I ever started writing, I was a musician. I started in the fifth grade, as soon as the option to learn an instrument became available at school, and I learned first (clumsily) on the snare drum that had once been a part of my father's drumset -…


Two Submissions Announcements

Ian Stansel

FIRST½ We're currently accepting entries for the 2011 Gulf Coast Prizes. This year we have raised the prize money to $1,500 for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry winners, plus $250 for two runners-up in each genre. That's a total of $6,000 in prizes. The…


The Failure of the Campus Novel

Zachary Martin

Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I've been spending the winter break reading "campus novels." Even if you've never heard the term before, you've almost certainly read one: DeLillo's White Noise; Cather's The Professor's House; Coetzee's Disgrace;…


Take That, Haters

Zack Bean

The last time I almost got into a fight was five years ago. There was a really obnoxious guy at a friend's house - an assistant professor of biochemistry or something from Rutgers, somebody's boyfriend, I forget his name but let's call him Dick - sitting…