About Us

The Houston Review of Books is a political-cultural project centering Houston and the South that interrogates popular discourse around politics, culture and art. Unlike the vast majority of cultural magazines, we strive to create dialogue between our local writers and readers – not to issue ideas and pass judgement from on-high. All of the editors have been involved in serious political work in the past and we aspire to make sure that the review is openly political. We focus on organizing the unorganized into the many existing political formations around the city, creating new ones when appropriate, and generally believe that people need to create associations with one another.

As a Houston-based review, we encourage local writers, historians, organizers, artists, poets and prose writers to send submissions for potential publication.

Editorial Board: 

Denise is a local educator and recently wrote about Some Cool Stuff. She is grateful to live in Houston and explores the city’s food and cultural scene in her free time. She likes novels, coffee, and posting nonsense on the web.

Brant is a co-founder and co-editor of the Houston Review of Books, his writings can also be found in obscure outlets like Marx and Philosophy Review of Books, The Cougar, and Threshold Magazine. Having built the website and contacted many of the publishers we work closely with, he knows a bit more about the many small things that keep the review moving along. You can find random musings about his cat, gardening, cooking, and, of course, books on Twitter: @WarOfManeuver

Sarah has lived in Houston for most of her life, and she is a strong believer in its position as the superior Texas city. She studies English, Environmental Studies, and other exciting things at Rice University, where she thinks her peers are doing great and the administration could be doing a lot better. She is a big fan of stories, nature, and the Houston Metro.


Rafael is a Maracucho who immigrated as an infant with his family to Houston in the late 1990s. The story is long but he now does community work in the city and attends the University of Houston to finish his undergraduate studies. His hobbies include watching obscene amounts of European futbol and reading a wide variety of Marxist and anti-imperialist literature. His twitter @basedrafael is where you can find his random thoughts and occasional propaganda in support of Venezuela’s socialist project and other communist movements.