The community and student literature and arts magazine, Domestic Crude, ran from 1982 to 1985. Phillip Lopate, the essayist who taught in the University of Houston creative writing program from 1981 to 1989, was the faculty advisor for the four Domestic Crude issues. Lopate stated that the aims of the journal were “to empower students and also to make them articulate what it was that they thought was happening in literature at the moment.” Students of the UH English department and the creative writing program were given the chance to run the publication, putting out calls for submissions and serving as student editors. Featuring submissions of poetry, short prose, and visual art, Domestic Crude provides an interesting look at the early output of the UH creative writing program and the evolution of the literary community in Houston. The journal was superseded by Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts in 1986.
The original materials are available in UH Libraries’ Special Collections.