Our History

The Texas Review—Beginnings

The Texas Review, a biannual literary journal first published in 1976, was founded by Paul Ruffin as The Sam Houston Literary Review. When The Texas Quarterly folded at the University of Texas in 1979, Ruffin changed the name to The Texas Review.

Today, with a staff of highly qualified editors The Texas Review enjoys an international reputation, publishing quality poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and reviews from contributors across the globe.

The Beginnings of Texas Review Press

After changing the name of the journal to The Texas Review in 1979, Dr. Ruffin brought out the press’s first book, The Texas Anthology, a paperback collection of Texas poetry and photography. It was well received, so the press began publishing at least one thin book per year. This led to a long-running poetry chapbook series. As revenues increased, Texas Review Press began to publish longer books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose, and production steadily increased.

Joining the Texas A&M University Press Consortium

In 1997, Texas A&M University Press Consortium accepted TRP into the fold, where we joined Southern Methodist University Press, University of North Texas Press, The Texas State Historical Association, Texas Christian University Press, Baylor University Press, McWhiney Foundation Press, and Texas A&M University Press.

Today, thanks to support from the Sam Houston State University administration and the marvelous job that the TAMU Press Consortium does in featuring TRP books, our press is publishing between eighteen and twenty-four titles per year, including the winners of four international competitions and an annual Southern poetry anthology.

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