Department of English


Many members of the department review articles, serve on editorial boards of scholarly journals, and occasionally edit special issues. Our faculty members also edit or co-edit journals covering a wide range of fields. Students play an important role in the production of these journals in their work as graduate assistants and, in the case of Bat City Review and Praxis, as editors.

Journals Currently Edited by UT Faculty and Graduate Students

Bat City Review

Founded by Kurt Heinzelman in 2003 as a journal run by creative writing graduate students, Bat City Review publishes the best in contemporary poetry and fiction from writers at all different stages of their writing lives—from Pulitzer Prize winners to those just beginning their careers as published writers. The Bat City Review is a nationally distributed journal. Past contributors include Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Billy Collins, Denise Duhamel, Stephen Dunn, Paul Muldoon, Barbara Ras, George Saunders, Helena María Viramontes, and C.K. Williams.


Praxis is an international open-access peer-reviewed scholarly journal with a focus on the intersection of writing center work and writing center theory. Praxis is housed in the University Writing Center at the University of Texas at Austin and accepts submissions year round, publishing biannually. Run by two graduate students on a two-year rotating basis, Praxis seeks submissions from both early-career and established researchers for articles, columns, and book reviews, and also runs a blog, AXIS, and a data commons, PRX. Go to to access more than a decade of writing center research from some of the top scholars in the field.

Texas Studies in Literature and Language

Texas Studies in Literature and Language is one of the oldest scholarly journals in the English-speaking world. It began in 1911 as Studies in English, an annual that published monographs by University of Texas at Austin faculty. In 1924, the journal was reimagined as a yearly collection of scholarly essays, again primarily by UT faculty. In 1959, Texas Studies in Literature and Language took its current name and became a quarterly publication with a broader scholarly purview not limited to a specific time period or genre. From 1959 until 1976, publication was supported by funds from the offices of the Dean of Graduate Study and Dean of Arts and Sciences, as well as the University of Texas Press. In 1976, UT Press took publishing control of the journal, which it retains.

Journals Recently Edited by Department of English Faculty

Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages

Ian Hancock was the founding editor of Journal of Creole Studies, the first journal in the discipline of creolistics. It was superseded by the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, which Hancock also helped to found.

Currents in Electronic Literacy

Currents in Electronic Literacy was founded in 1999 as a forum for the scholarly discussion of electronic literacy. John Slatin, Mark Longaker, Margaret Syverson, and Diane Davis all served as editors before the journal was retired in 2015.

Exemplaria: Medieval/Early Modern/Theory

Elizabeth Scala edited the journal from 2008-18. She now serves as one of its trustees.

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

GLQ offers queer perspectives on issues touching on sex and sexuality and publishes scholarship and commentary in areas as diverse as law, science studies, religion, political science, and literary studies. Ann Cvetkovich co-edited the journal from 2005-2011.

Studies in American Indian Literatures 

SAIL is the quarterly publication of ASAIL, the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures. James H. Cox co-edited the journal from 2007-2012.

William Carlos Williams Review

The William Carlos Williams Review publishes articles on any aspect of the life and work of William Carlos Williams and his literary milieu. Brian Bremen was the managing editor from 1992-2002.