HISTORY & MISSION
Housed at Sam Houston State University, the Texas Review has been publishing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for four decades. The Texas Review partners with Texas Review Press and SHSU's MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing to publish two issues per year.
Past contributors include Hadara Bar-Nadav, Richard Bausch, Charles Baxter, Nicky Beer, Madison Smartt Bell, Kai Carlson-Wee, Angie Cruz, B.H. Fairchild, Beth Ann Fennelly, Tony Hoagland, Carolyn Kizer, Ted Kooser, Wayne Miller, Rajiv Mohabir, Matthew Olzmann, Benjamin Percy, Kevin Prufer, Amy Silverberg, Analicia Sotelo, Virgil Suarez, Ann Townsend, and Jake Adam York.
Like our namesake state, the Texas Review aims to be big. We aim to publish the best new literature that draws us and connects us to the lives of others, that shakes us out of our accustomed ways of seeing and being, literature that takes neither its subject or form for granted, that interrogates and renews the world around us. Most of all, we aim to be a publication not merely open but welcoming to the diverse voices and aesthetics of our local, national, and international communities.
Nick Lantz is the author of four books of poetry: We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (Graywolf Press), The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors’ House (University of Wisconsin Press), How to Dance as the Roof Caves In (Graywolf Press), and You, Beast (University of Wisconsin Press). His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, and Pleiades, among others. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing at Sam Houston State University.
Scott Kaukonen is the author of the collection of stories Ordination, which won the Ohio State Prize for Short Fiction, and was published by the Ohio State University Press. The collection includes the story “Punnett’s Squares,” winner of the Nelson Algren Prize from the Chicago Tribune. He’s a past recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he’s also received an AWP/Prague Summer Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Barrelhouse, Normal School, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He directs the MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing at Sam Houston State University.
Ginger Ko is the author of Motherlover (Bloof Books) and Inherit (Sidebrow), as well as several chapbooks. Her next project, a book as interactive app, is forthcoming from The Operating System. Her poetry and essays can be found in Critical Quarterly, The Atlantic, American Poetry Review, The Offing, VIDA Review, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing at Sam Houston State University.
Katie Jean Shinkle
Katie Jean Shinkle is the author three books and five chapbooks, most recently: Ruination (Spuyten Duyvil), The Arson People (Dzanc Books rEprint), and Rat Queen (forthcoming). Other prose, poetry, and criticisms can be found in Flaunt Magazine, The Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, Harpur Palate, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing program at Sam Houston State University.
Amanda Nowlin is a prose writer whose work has appeared in Callaloo, Vandal, the anthology Literary Cash, and The Dallas Morning News, among others. She is a graduate of the University of Houston’s PhD program in Literature and Creative Writing where she was nonfiction editor at Gulf Coast. Amanda received her MFA in creative writing from New York University. Currently, she is the coordinator for the National Book Awards Festival at Sam Houston State University, where she also teaches.
Cara Blue Adams, Olivia Clare, Angie Cruz, Joshua Edwards, Carmen Giménez Smith, Juan Felipe Herrera, TC Tolbert, Candace G. Wiley, and Lynn Xu