About Us

Founded in 1979, Texas Review Press is committed to publishing quality poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and scholarship. TRP currently publishes sixteen titles each year.

The TRP University Press Committee serves as the editorial advisory board for the Texas Review Press. The committee serves in conjunction with the Director to establish editorial policies and procedures.

Housed at Sam Houston State University, Texas Review Press is a member of the Texas A&M Press Texas Book Consortium, the Association of University Presses, and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.


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Our titles are distributed worldwide through the Texas Book Consortium


J. Bruce Fuller

J. Bruce Fuller, Ph.D.

J. Bruce Fuller is a Louisiana native. His chapbooks include The Dissenter's Ground, Lancelot, and Flood, and his poems have appeared at The Southern Review, Crab Orchard Review, McNeese Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Louisiana Literature, among others. He has received scholarships from Bread Loaf, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Stanford University, where he was a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry.



Pete Carlisle

Managing Editor / Designer
Pete “PJ” Carlisle, Ph.D.

PJ’s cross-genre creative work has won numerous prizes–including the Internal Award for Fiction (Innovative Novel) at Bard College, the Turow-Kinder Prize (Novella), and the AWP Journals Project Award in Fiction; it has appeared in journals such as Thickets, Quarterly West, and Passages North. His book reviews have appeared in Western Humanities Review and Lambda Literary Review. He is a Fiction Fellow of the Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices and was awarded the Herbert Woodward Martin Post-Doc Fellow for Inclusion, Diversity, and Creative Writing at the University of Dayton.

PJ majored in art and design at NYU and taught for Horizons: The New England Craft Program (now Snow Farm) in both the Massachusetts (US) and Avignon (France) studios. Before coming to TRP, he was the Coordinator of Dayton LitFest, taught for the Antioch Writers Workshops, and was appointed Assistant Professor of English at Central State University. As a freelance editor, he has even managed color teams (via ZOOM) and designed e-books for tech companies’ proposals with the US Military, RTOC, and DOD.

He holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah where he served as Managing Editor of Western Humanities Review. Interests beyond poetry and prose include: Gender (Critical Masculinities), Sexuality, Race, Class, and Disability in the Media; Zine-Making; and Poststructuralist Feminist and Queer Theory.

2020–2021 Interns

Marilyn Comer, Assistant to the Director
Marilyn Comer is an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University. Her work has been published in the Beacon and the Inkling and forthcoming in the Texas Review. Currently, she works as assistant to the director at Texas Review Press.

Madison Hines, Publishing Assistant
Madison Hines is an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University. Her work has appeared in Beacon and Plain China: Anthology of the Best Undergraduate Writing. She is currently a publishing assistant at Texas Review Press.

Megan McKinley, Publicist
Megan McKinley is an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University. She graduated from University of Iowa in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelors in English and Creative Writing. She specializes in creative nonfiction essays, but she has yet to have any of her work published. She is currently a publishing assistant at Texas Review Press.

Stephanie Savell, Editorial Assistant
Stephanie Savell holds an MFA from Sam Houston State University. Her novel Paper Hearts was published by Medallion Press in 2014 under their Ya-Ya imprint. Her other work has been published in Vox PopuliBeacon magazine, and is forthcoming in Aquifer: The Florida Review. She is currently the assistant editor at The Texas Review and an editorial assistant at Texas Review Press.

Karisma (Charlie) Tobin, Assistant to the Director
Karisma Tobin grew up in the mountains of New Mexico and Alaska. She is an MFA and MA candidate at Sam Houston State University. Her work appears in or is forthcoming from Plainsongs and Interim, among others. She is currently the assistant to the director at Texas Review Press.

Paul Ruffin, Ph.D.

Paul Ruffin was a Texas State University System Regents’ Professor and Distinguished Professor of English at SHSU. He was the founding editor of The Texas Review and founder and director of Texas Review Press. He authored two novels, five collections of short fiction, four books of essays, seven collections of poetry, and he edited and co-edited dozens of other books.

Texas Review Press, like most nonprofit university presses, needs outside financial support to meet its publishing objectives. TRP is committed to providing valuable resources to our university, our region, and the academic community, but we also strive to be one of the nation’s leading literary university presses. To accomplish our goals, the Press needs your support.

Please contact J. Bruce Fuller about your tax-deductible donation today!