Founded in 1995 by graduate students of the Western Michigan University English department, Third Coast is one of the nation’s premier literary magazines—and one of only a handful of nationally distributed literary magazines to regularly include four genres; Third Coast consistently publishes excellent and often award-winning fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama.

In the past several years, stories published in Third Coast have gone on to appear in the O. Henry Award Series, the Pushcart Prize anthologies, and Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. Poetry first featured in the journal has been selected for Best New Poets and the Pushcart Prize Series.


Editor in Chief: Amanda Scott

Managing Editor: Charli Spier

Fiction Editors: Shahana Afsar, James D’Angelo, and Kate Setzer

Assistant Fiction Editors: Daniel Alexander, Latifa Ayad-Hall, Kyle Battle, Naima Bilal, Ben Carr, Kevin Fitton, Isaac Grimaldi, Emilie Helmbold, Sophie Khan, David Yarnall, and Ben Yusen

Creative Nonfiction Editor: Claire Robbins

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Kyle Battle

Poetry Editors: Andrew Collard and Alyssa Jewell

Assistant Poetry Editors: Denise Miller, Vika Pashby, Daniel Pruitt, Michelle Ringle-Barrett, and David Yarnall

Drama Editor: Kristen Field

Assistant Drama Editor: Emilie Helmbold

Social Media Editor: Andrew Collard

Layout Editor: Danielle Isaiah

Faculty Advisor: Thisbe Nissen

Advisory Editors: Nancy Eimers, Steve Feffer, Richard Katrovas, and William Olsen