The Bayou Review is the literary arts magazine of the University of Houston-
Downtown. It is completely student-run. The faculty advisor is Professor Daniel Peña. This opus includes essays, reviews, visual art work, poetry, and fiction. The university’s community is encouraged to submit their works. One of its goals is to accentuate the arts and humanities by providing a medium for students who are passionate and enthusiastic about creative writing. Students from UHD’s Literary Magazine Production class, critique the submissions for entry into the magazine. For example, the students critique publication in either Prose, Visual Arts, or Poetry sections. Students get the opportunity to gain knowledge about magazine production while also earning internship credit. The journal also features other works of visual and literary arts outside from the university community.
This magazine has been around in the UHD community since 1987, and the growth has been immense since it has been enriched with phenomenal publications from diverse backgrounds. Each issue of this work deals with a certain theme. Some of the themes from the previous issues have been Love (2013), Hurricane Harvey (2017) and the Prison Issue which focused on the stories of incarcerated men (2018). The magazine works to stay relevant as new pivotal events arise around the world and covers them in great depth.
The Bayou Review provides a platform through which students and emerging writers can express their artistic expression with inspirations through prose, poetry and visual works. This magazine gives a voice to the students which enables them to articulate their opinions. It is more than just a magazine, but a thread which seems to emerge amid as the spectrum of different states of being and it informs while cultivating one’s unique identity. This seems suitable because, amidst the shifting political ambiance and advancing technological advancements, identity remains the one stable, yet vigorous, and object within our universe.
Thus, the works featured in this journal honor that struggle within everyone’s life. The struggle to not only be just anyone, but to be yourself in a world which constantly wavers and to embrace your uniqueness. Through these publications in the journal, students get a chance to dream about a life where they are the shining star which is dedicated to promoting “inspiration”. These works hope to inspire spiritual growth, personal reflection, development and community learning and connection.
This magazine would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of these editors and interns:
English major, music aficionado, movie enthusiast, and animal lover. You can find me somewhere in Mexico City during my free time. ¡Que viva el Rock en Español!
I am Lizbeth Romano and I am an English major. I love coffee and exploring.
Creative Writing/Film Studies major, filmmaker, poet. It’s important to look at things from multiple perspectives.
English creative writing major. Love admiring myself and all kinds of classical art. Classic movies, music, and pretty much anything old.
"Matilda said, 'Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable. No parent is going to believe this pigtail story, not in a million years. Mine wouldn't. They'd call me a liar.'" -Roald Dahl, Matilda
Creative Writing Major, cycling enthusiast, poodle lover & bibliophile.
My name is Michael Richard Molina, I am a graduating senior with a Major in English with a focus in Creative Writing. I love Tabletop RPGs, Music, Cooking, and taking walks with my two pitbulls Princess and Raptor. Tenga cuidado, y gracias por leer a la Bayou Review.
Bibliophile. Writer of prose. Grammar Scold. Poet.
My name is Blanca Marisol, I'm a creative writing major, a chapina, a dog lover, and a hugger. Always remember to be kind to others but especially yourself.
English major. Content with being lost in literary worlds. Enamored with goat cheese. Can be found frequenting the vinyl records section at Half Price Books
Creative Writing/English Major. Aspiring horror writer and obsessive horror movie junkie. Probably seen a film ten times. Fascinated with mythology and the paranormal. Proud cat momma.
- I’m an English creative writing major, part-time wizard, and I probably sleep way more than I should.
I'm a Psychology Major whose life revolves around Food, Money, and Netflix.
I’m an English major who survives off of coffee, naps, dad jokes, and being overly competitive at every game night.
Karen Vanessa Valdez - Editor
Philosophy major. De sangre caliente. Humour and rebellion.