Gulf Coast: “The Archive Issue” and more

Spring Issue Release!

Thursday, April 14th, 7pm at the Jung CenterGulf Coast releases 28.2, its newest issue—a real beauty—and the latest volume of Unsung Masters focusing on the work of Beatrice Hastings!

Past spring launch events have included an ekphrastic poetry slam, an artists and authors roundtable on the future of the book, and this year’s launch features a reading with local heroes Lupe Mendez and Nishta Mehra, two of our 28.2 contributors, who will read work inspired by treasures found in the University of Houston Special Collections and archives. Ben Johnson and Erika Jo Brown, co-editors of this year’s Unsung Masters volume, will read from Hastings’s work.

Hastings is a fascinating early modernist who used multiple pen names and personas to write about her life and time, including taking Ezra Pound to task. It won’t quite be a séance, but will be fresh and inspiring. Beer, wine, cupcakes, and kiki-ing to follow.

Here’s the Facebook invite and event information from our website.

Please feel free to share widely!

*These collaborations with Unsung Masters, the UH Libraries, and Special Collections are made possible by a generous Innovations Grant through the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which is funded in part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.

2016 CounterCurrent Festival!

Gulf Coast has created a reading room as part of this year’s CounterCurrent Festival. From April 12th-17th, visitors to the MATCH galleries can browse issues and cover art from our 30-year history, books by artists in the festival, and writers in the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Attendees at the “Current Conversations” lecture series will also receive a broadside/letterpress cover created by Workhorse Printmakers and Spindletop Design. The lectures begin on Wednesday the 13th.

See you on Thursday and at the festival!