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Big Bend Literary Magazine's mission is to support the artistic community of the Big Bend region by showcasing the work of creators inspired by its local nature, beauty, and culture.

Big Bend Literary Magazine is published quarterly as a soulful, picturesque electronic and print experience to educate and entertain.


Kate Keenan

Kate Keenan is a writer whose work has been published in Noise City Zine, The Ductile Anchor, Live at the Coffin Shop, The Bullard Bulletin, Pond Trade Magazine, MacroMicroCosm, and campfire stories for her four children, among others. Kate holds a Master's of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Tyler. Kate’s current project is a book titled A Lion with Wings, a collection of her writing during her grief for a close friend lost to suicide. Her residence straddles the worlds between her birthplace in the lush green of East Texas and the dazzling desert landscape of Big Bend. She’s usually sweaty from the Texas heat and is currently watching a rainstorm over the Chisos Mountains while typing at an ancient folding card table, coffee by her side. She is the founder and managing editor of Big Bend Literary Magazine. Kate is a proofreader, copywriter, social media marketer, and web designer. Find her at https://katekeenanmarketing.com.

Rainey Miller

After doing housekeeping jobs in several national parks, Rainey earned her Master of Agriculture degree at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, and has an upcoming internship involving caring for wolves, bears, and big cats. She hopes to one day work in the field of conservation. Rainey is the former editor of the Sul Ross Skyline magazine and the illustrator of a soon-to-be-published ethnobotany book about native Texas plants. She sells mugs with her artwork on them at the farmers’ market in Alpine. Rainey is the prose editor and assistant art editor of Big Bend Literary Magazine.

Mary Diesel

Mary has been swimming around in the arts most of her Pisces life. In between, she had many jobs with many hats and some even with uniforms. Now she's able to devote most of her time to living healthfully and making even more art. Her writing life came and mostly went early on, through poetry and technical writing, but she still loves to read with an artist's eye, absorb with a reader's heart, and contribute with an editor's toolkit. Mary is the poetry editor of Big Bend Literary Magazine.

Josh Keenan

Joshua Keenan is an avant-garde artist and graphic designer from East Texas. Well-traveled, his art has been displayed in both solitary and collaborative art shows in Los Angeles, Denver, Tampa, Dallas, Austin, and Tyler. He focuses his graphic design on underground and privately-owned organizations, aiming at individuals, self-made companies, bands, events, and non-profit organizations.


His vibrantly colored, meticulous works often depict a holistic illustration united by detailed images. Frequently, these images evoke political, philosophical, and spiritual sensibilities. Josh incorporates natural elements such as trees, mountains, water, plants, and the human face and figure. His form is highly stylistic, identifiable across works, no matter their medium or content. Josh takes everyday experience and exposes the psychedelic.


Josh currently resides primarily in Terlingua, TX with his wife, Kate, and four children. Josh is the art editor of Big Bend Literary Magazine.

Michelle Minto

Michelle is a writer and educator who lived all over America before finally finding home in Terlingua, Texas. She spent the last decade teaching creative writing, poetry, literature, and journalism courses while advising an award-winning, student-produced literary magazine. She writes everything from nonfiction to poetry and is inspired by the stunning landscapes, talented musicians, legendary characters, and rich cultures of Far West Texas. Michelle loves nothing more than being free to wander, wonder, and bake sourdough bread. Michelle is the journalism and nonfiction editor of Big Bend Literary Magazine.

Tony Drewery

After life as a Master Plumber turned expert beer consultant, Tony Drewry has spent the better part of the last ten years exploring in great depth the wild backcountry of Texas, Mexico, and the American Southwest, before landing in the Big Bend region of Far West Texas and Northern Mexico for an extended period. In this time, he's honed his photography while capturing some of the most beautiful scenery and nature that this world has to offer. While the adventures continue, he has begun to share visually some of his favorite captures across multiple mediums, and orally through spoken word and song. He's said that the Big Bend stole his heart at its first chance, but that was the beginning of much more. So stay tuned. His website is tonydrewry.myportfolio.com/. Tony is the Music & Lyrics Editor of Big Bend Literary Magazine.

Amanda Caulkins

Amanda Calkins, also known as The Texas Tumbleweed, is a documentary photographer focusing on telling stories of the lives and legacies of fellow Texans. At a crossroads in her life, she felt called to take a solo trip out West, seeking solitude and clarity. The area had fewer travelers back then and phone reception was almost non-existent. The untamed and vast landscape, left her feeling vulnerable yet at peace, bringing about a profound and unexpected spiritual awakening. Grounded in wilderness, inspired by the textures of the terrain, enchanted by the colorful sunsets over the Chisos, and drawn to the lifestyles and stories of the locals - the area instantly pulled her in. The Big Bend region remains the place where she feels deeply rooted. You can follow her visual storytelling via Instagram @BigBendForever or website www.thetexastumbleweed.photography Amanda is Big Bend Literary Magazine's Photography Editor.

Please consider a donation for reading fees, website hosting, and other costs by using the donation button below. Your donation or lack thereof will have no bearing on whether or not your work is published. Unlike many other literary journals, we are not sponsored by a university, foundation, or corporation. In the spirit of Big Bend, we desire to remain a maverick publication, beholden to no other than whoever happens to be masthead at the time. Money may later sponsor awards and prizes for creative works. In order to nominate our contributors for awards, we have to pay submission fees to those awards.The sky is the limit, especially here in Big Bend.

Header photograph by Tony Drewry