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The Houston Literary Review is dedicated to showcasing the best possible writing and art work from Houston and beyond. We hope this website will also continue to be a portal for future craftsmen and artists looking to speak their first words. So don't be timid, express yourself.

This next year promises to require more efforts and dedication on our part, but we are steadfast in our belief that THLR can become an important outlet for artists of all ages and backgrounds.


Bill Brocato, Publisher


After fifteen years in national and international journalism, Bill returned to Houston, Texas to follow his first passion: academics.  He established The Houston Literary Review to honor the southeast Texas tenor of his earlier years and to provide a place for artists from around the world to further develop their craft.  He is proud that the review has grown into a truly international cooperative project.  Bill holds an MBA and began a graduate program in Sociology at Sam Houston State University this fall, accepting a scholarship and teaching assistantships.



J. Scott Hardin, Senior Editor


J. Scott Hardin graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. and M.A. in History (Modern Europe) before studying and teaching as a Doctoral Fellow at Tulane University and the Freie Universität Berlin. His work has appeared at Danse Macabre, Gutter Eloquence Magazine, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Counterexample Poetics, Journal of Truth and Consequences and elsewhere. He is also a regular contributor with Readers are invited to find more at



Danielle Grilli, Fiction Editor


Danielle Grilli is a freelance writer, editor and web developer living in Los Angeles. She has served as Poetry Editor of the Muse Apprentice Guild, Multimedia Editor of Unlikely Stories, and Contributing Editor to Poetic Diversity. Her work has been published at Concrete Meat, Get Underground, Pedestal Magazine, The November 3rd Club and Small Spiral Notebook, among others.   She published a joint chapbook titled Hunger Crossing (2006) with poet Larry Colker and a solo poem titled Vanished. She is currently working on something new. 



Ryan Kelly, Poetry Editor


Ryan Kelly earned a B.A. in Literature in 2009 from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. While there, he was the only student to ever receive both the university’s creative writing awards in the same year (2009). He is currently working on his M.A. at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He recently joined the staff of New Ohio Review, a publication of the Creative Writing Program at OU.  Some of his work has recently been published in Full of Crow Fiction, The Legendary, and Unheard Magazine.



Miranda Merklein, Arts Editor


Miranda Merklein lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a Ph.D. in English from University of Southern Mississippi, an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, and a B.A. in Political Science from College of Santa Fe. She also works as a freelance writer and is the publisher and editor of Journal of Truth and Consequence, a magazine for the arts. Dr. Merklein's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Oxford American, Iron Horse Literary Review, Concho River Review, and others.



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