Mission and Masthead
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 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, 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. Kate is a wife and the mother of four beautiful humans. 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.
Jennifer is a photographer and artist who has traveled and lived across the U.S.A. Jennifer is dedicated to philanthropy and is passionate about building strong communities. Her love of nature is evident in her photography, blending manmade elements or influences with that of the natural world. Jennifer is a resourceful photographer, often finding beauty others may overlook. Her desert landscapes and portraits of flora, fauna, landforms, and ethnologic structures exhibit a distinctive style of contrasting tones, space, lines, and form. Jennifer is the assistant editor and photography editor of Big Bend Literary Magazine.
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.
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 Jennifer Pittinger