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The Houston Literary Review
Fall 2006 and January 2007 Visual Art Contributors


The Review is happy to introduce Texas photographer Jeff Crouch.


Rocket into Jelly Fish by Jeff Crouch



About Jeff’s work:


Houston Series:

Except for the shot of the single jellyfish, the rocket/jellyfish series is a combination of shots.


The pictures of the jellyfish were taken at the aquarium at Moody Gardens in Galveston.


The pictures of the rockets were taken at NASA in Houston.


I used photo-editing software to crop and morph the photographs somewhat.


The main technique here is that photo-editing software allows two or more shots to be merged.


I picked out some shots of jellyfish and some shots of rockets and merged the ones I thought would combine well: one jellyfish per rocket.


It's a process of trail and error to find interesting combinations, but hopefully, I produced a few you will enjoy.




Galveston Series:


I took these shots on the Galveston beach (across from the Holiday Inn) and then tried to find lighting combinations and photo-editing morphing techniques (negative, hue and situation) that allowed traditional beach shots to become something different.




 Jeff’s graphic work has appeared in The Blue Smoke Band, Poems Niederngasse, ardent, moria, eratio postmodern poetry, Ancient Heart Magazine, Speculative Fiction Centre, JMWW, Quill and Ink, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Spoiled Ink, Lunatic Chameleon, Triplopia, Events Quarterly, Skive Magazine, Subtle Tea, Literary Vision Magazine (LitVision), Prose Toad, Lily, Ink Pot, Generator Press (April 2006 Exhibit), Monkey Kettle, BluePrintReview (and just1m),  DogEar, Expose’d,  Misanthropists Anonymous (with Molly Crouch),  Above Ground Testing (with Molly Crouch), Dicey Brown, Unpleasant Event Schedule, The Dreaming Pool, Underground Window, 63 Channels, The Lampshade, Cezanne’s Carrot Literary Journal, Bending Spoons, Unlikely Stories, The Aurora Review, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Twisted Tongue, Mad Hatter’s Review, decomP, The Sidewalk’s End, DISPATCH Literary Review, Red Fez, Neon Highway, Sein und Werden, The Centrifugal Eye, PFS Post, tre_a_tro, HiNgE, The Chrysalis (with Molly Crouch and Ben Crouch),  Minimalist Concrete Poetry, Bewildering Stories, Chick Flicks E-Zine, Thieves Jargon, Defenestration Magazine, Ward 6 Review,  and zafusy with more forthcoming in Tattoo Highway, The Houston Literary Review,  and SCIFAIKUEST.




 Jeff resides in Grand Prairie, Texas.


 Resting by Sina Millikin


The Review is proud to introduce the work of Sina Millikin, a freelance photographer in metro Atlanta, Georgia. Sina has had a number of professional assignments, with Eternal Hope for Haiti being the most rewarding.


Sina sells digital photography and was contracted to photograph political events with notables such as Lt. Col Oliver North.


Sina takes stylized photos pro bono for various charities with the elderly, hospice, and animal shelters.


Her favorite subjects are children, elderly, and nature.  She is fascinated with seeing the unusual and beautiful in everyday scenes and often enhances that essence through abstraction. 



All of her work begins with a simple photograph and then she uses filters in Photoshop 6.0.


This is her first foray into the world of publishing.


These photos were achieved with hue-and-saturate. 

Please take a look at her online gallery at:





The Houston Literary Review is happy to introduce the work of Steve Cartwright


Steve Cartwright has provided art for several magazines, newspapers, websites, commercial and governmental clients, books, and tavern napkins.

 Cowboy Sketch by Steve Cartwright

He also creates art pro bono for several animal rescue groups.


He was awarded the 2004 James Award for his cover art for Champagne Shivers.


He  recently  illustrated  the  Cimarron  Review  cover.

Take a gander ( or a goose ) at his online gallery:   www.angelfire.com/sc2/cartoonsbycartwright.



The Review is especially proud to introduce the work of  Benito Huerta

Noches de la Frontera, watercolor 2004 by Benito Huerta 


Benito Huerta, born 1952 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Huerta received his BFA from the University of Houston and an MA from New Mexico State University, Albuquerque, NM.

His first solo exhibition in 1976 was at the Galerie sur la Terre at the University of Houston.

Since then, he has exhibited in both solo and group shows throughout The United States and abroad. Other solo and group exhibitions include:

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; Dallas Visual Arts Center; University Museum, Arizona State University; Centro Cultural Tomasa Valdes, Mexico City; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

Examples of his public art commissions are at the Richardson, Texas, DART Station, and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

His work is held in the collections of the Albuquerque Museum of Art; American Airlines DFW Admirals Club; Anthony Foundation, Houston; Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and Art Museum of Corpus Christi.


Benito resides in Arlington, Texas