Submissions

For Poets & Short Story Writers

No serious cultural-political media should be without poetry and short stories. We are always looking to publish local and regional prose writers. Short stories should be no more than 5,000 words. Please send your submissions along with a short bio to: houstonreviewofbooks@gmail.com

For Film & Art Exhibition Reviews

Art exhibitions and film are important mediums through which we engage with culture and politics. We would love nothing more than to debate, analyze and review new works but reviews of classic films are always welcome as well. Since there is no distinct Houston style, we ask all reviewers to follow the Chicago manual of style for all citations and references.

For both art exhibition reviews and film reviews, we suggest between 1,500-2,000 words. Please send your submissions along with a short bio to: houstonreviewofbooks@gmail.com

For Political Essays & Theory

The Houston Review of Books is a political media outlet and we want to deal with the political questions of the day – whether those questions are local, national, and/or international. Political theory can be dense so we ask that our contributors avoid unnecessary academic jargon and write for a popular audience.

Political and theoretical essays should be anywhere from 2,000 – 5,000 words, and follow the Chicago manual of style (see above). Please send your submissions along with a short bio to: houstonreviewofbooks@gmail.com

For Houston-Themed Essays

Houston has a long history of struggles that remain unwritten, and we want to embrace the totality of the city through both prose and research. Whether your essay focuses on the past or the present, we hope for well-researched submissions and can recommend writers to specific archives to dig through.

Submissions on Houston-themed essays should be 2,000 – 5,000 words and follow the Chicago manual of style (see above). Please send your submissions along with a short bio to: houstonreviewofbooks@gmail.com

For Book Reviews

If you would like to write a book review, please send your request with the following information to the editors: houstonreviewofbooks@gmail.com

  1. Your name, email, postal address, and phone number (often a requirement from publishers).
  2. A short biography.
  3. Book(s) that you would like to review. We recommend books that are drawn from our list of recent books of review (below) but we are willing to consider older books if the reviewer provides a fresh perspective or analysis. Please include publication details if possible.

Guidelines for Reviewers

  1. The review should provide an account of the book as a whole, not just of one part or aspect. It should include a brief overall characterization of the book so that readers can tell quickly if they are interested in reading the entire review.
  2. The review should situate the book in contemporary debates, discussions, or fields so that uninitiated readers can find their way about.
  3. It should give an evaluation of at least some key aspects of the book and not merely provide a summary. Make sure to give reasons for evaluations, particularly negative ones.
  4. The review should be between 1,500-2,000 words.
  5. Finally, we expect reviewers to utilize the Chicago manual of style (see above).

List of Recommended Books for Review

Shahidul Alam
The Tide Will Turn
Steidl, 2020

Pouya Alimagham
Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings
Cambridge University Press, 2020

Samir Amin
Global History: A View from the South
Pambazuka Press, 2010 (10 Year Anniversary Recommendation)

Samir Amin
Only People Make Their Own History: Political Essays, 2000-2018
LeftWord Press, 2018

Samir Amin
Modern Imperialism, Monopoly Finance Capital, and Marx’s Law of Value
Monthly Review Press, 2018

Samir Amin
The Long Revolution of the Global South: Toward a New Anti-Imperialist International
Monthly Review Press, 2019

Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, & Nancy Fraser
Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto
Verso, 2019

Alain Badiou & Peter Engelmann
For a Politics of the Common Good
Polity Press, 2019

Alain Badiou
Can Politics be Thought?
 Duke University Press, 2019

Alain Badiou
Happiness
Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Alain Badiou
Lacan: Anti-Philosophy 3
Columbia University Press, 2018

Alain Badiou
Malebranche
Columbia University Press, 2019

Greg Beckett
There is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince
University of California Press, 2020

John Bellamy Foster
The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology
Monthly Review Press, 2020

John Bellamy Foster
The Robbery of Nature: Capitalism and the Ecological Rift
Monthly Review Press, 2019

Vincent Bevins
The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World
Public Affairs, 2020

Tithi Bhattacharya
Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentring Oppression

Pluto Press, 2018

Max Blumenthal
The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump
Verso, 2019

Kasper Brasken, Nigel Kopsey, & David J. Featherstone (Editors)
Anti-Fascism in a Global Perspective: Transnational Networks, Exile Communities, and Radical Internationalism
Routledge, 2020

Nicholas Brown
Autonomy: The Social Ontology of Art under Capitalism
Duke University Press, 2019

Shujaat Bukhari
The Dirty War in Kashmir: Frontline Reports
LeftWord Press, 2018

Douglas Burnham & Peter Lamb
The First Marx: A Philosophical Introduction
Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Jean Casimir
The Haitians: A Decolonial History
Duke University Press, 2020

Antonia Castaneda & Clara Lomas
Writing/Righting History: Twenty-Five Years of Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage
Arte Publico Press, 2019

Carlos Cisneros
The Paper Lawyer
Arte Publico Press, 2019

Leigh Claire La Berge
Wages against Artwork: Decommodified Labor and the Claims of Socially Engaged Art
Duke University Press, 2019

Paul Cockshott
How the World Works: The Story of Human Labor from Prehistory to the Modern Day
Monthly Review Press, 2019

Stephen F. Cohen
War with Russia?: From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate
Hot Books, 2019

Guillermo Cotto-Thorner
Manhattan Tropics
Arte Publico Press, 2019

Tommy J. Curry
The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood
Temple University Press, 2017

Mike Davis
Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory
Verso, 2018

Jodi Dean
Comrade: An Essay on Political Belonging
Verso, 2019

Ariel Dorfman
How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic
Pluto Press, 2020

Susana Draper
1968 Mexico: Constellations of Freedom and Democracy
Duke University Press, 2018

Kevin Duong
The Virtues of Violence: Democracy Against Disintegration in Modern France
Oxford University Press, 2020

Max Elbaum
Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che
Verso, 2018 (Originally published in 2002)

Rachel Elfenbein
Engendering Revolution: Women, Unpaid Labor, and Maternalism in Bolivarian Venezuela
University of Texas Press, 2019

Noura Erakat
Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine
Stanford University Press, 2019

Michael R. Fischbach
Black Power and Palestine: Transnational Countries of Color 
Stanford University Press, 2018

Veronica Gago
Neoliberalism from Below: Popular Pragmatics and Baroque Economies
Duke University Press, 2017

Yolanda Gallardo
The Glass Eye
Arte Publico Press, 2019

Subhash Gatade
Modinama: Issues That Did Not Matter
LeftWord Press, 2019

Tom Gatehouse (Ed.)
Voices of Latin America: Social Movements and the New Activism
Monthly Review Press, 2019

Kristen R. Ghodsee
Red Hangover: Legacies of Twentieth-Century Communism
Duke University Press, 2017

Victor Grossman
A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee
Monthly Review Press, 2019

Max Haiven
Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts
Pluto Press, 2020

Simon Hannah
A Party with Socialists in It: A History of the Labour Left
Pluto Press, 2018

Marta Harnecker & Jose Bartolome (Editors)
Planning from Below: A Decentralized Participatory Planning Proposal
Monthly Review Press, 2019

Michael Heinrich
Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society: The Life of Marx and the Development of His Work (Volume I: 1818-1841)
Monthly Review Press, 2019

Gerald Horne
Facing the Rising Sun: African Americans, Japan, and the Rise of Afro-Asian Solidarity
NYU Press, 2018

Gerald Horne
The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in 17th Century North America and the Caribbean
Monthly Review Press, 2018

Gerald Horne
Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music
Monthly Review Press, 2019

Gerald Horne
The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century 
Monthly Review Press, 2020

Mark Jay & Philip Conklin
A People′s History of Detroit
Duke University Press, 2020

Ola Johansson & Johanna Wallin (Editors)
The Freedom Theatre: Performing Cultural Resistance in Palestine
LeftWord Press, 2018

Michael Joseph Roberto
The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920–1940
Monthly Review Press, 2018

Manu Karuka
Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad
University of California Press, 2019

Manu Karuka & Jordan T. Camp (Ed.)
Futures Held Hostage: Confronting US Hybrid Wars and Sanctions in Venezuela
Pluto Press, 2020

Raosaheb Kasbe
Decoding the RSS: Its Tradition and Politics
LeftWord Press, 2019

Margaret Kimberly
Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents
Truth to Power Press, 2020

Naomi Klein
On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
Simon & Schuster, 2019

Naomi Klein
The Battle For Paradise
Haymarket Books, 2018

Alexandra Kollantai
The Soviet Woman: Selected Essays
LeftWord Press, 2017

Miroslav Krleža & Željko Cipriš
Harbors Rich with Ships: The Selected Revolutionary Writings of Miroslav Krleža, Radical Luminary of Modern World Literature
Monthly Review Press, 2017

Dana El Kurd
Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine
Oxford University Press, 2019

Costas Lapavitsas
Marxist Monetary Theory: Collected Papers
Haymarket Books, 2018

Marc James Leger
Vanguardia: Socially Engaged Art and Theory
Manchester University Press, 2019

Tatiana Linkhoeva
Revolution Goes East: Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism
Cornell University Press, 2020

Loren D. Lybarger
Palestinian Chicago: Identity in Exile
University of California Press, 2020

Fred Magdoff & Chris Williams
Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation

Monthly Review Press, 2017

Usama Makdisi
Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World
University of California Press, 2019

Carlos Martinez
The End of the Beginning: Lessons of the Soviet Collapse
LeftWord Press, 2018

David McNally
Blood and Money: War, Slavery, and the State
Haymarket Books, 2020

René Zavaleta Mercado
Towards a History of the National-Popular in Bolivia
Seagull Books, 2018

Natalia Milanesio
Destape: Sex, Democracy, and Freedom in Postdictatorial Argentina
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019

Charles W. Mills
Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism
Oxford University Press, 2017

Massimo Modonesi
The Antagonistic Principle: Marxism and Political Action
Haymarket Press, 2019

Elaine Mokhtefi
Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers
Verso, 2018

Saytendra More & Anupama Rao
Memoirs of a Dalit Communist: The Many Worlds of R.B. More
LeftWord Press, 2019

Jean Moufawad-Paul & Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Methods Devour Themselves: A Conversation
Zero Books, 2018

Duy Lap Nguyen
The Unimagined Community: Imperialism and Culture in South Vietnam
Manchester University Press, 2020

A.G. Noorani
The RSS: A Menace to India
LeftWord Press, 2019

Thomas Picketty
Capital & Ideology
Belknap Press, 2020

Vijay Prashad (Editor)
Strongmen: Trump-Modi-Erdogan-Duterte
LeftWord Press, 2018

Nicola Pratt
Embodying Geopolitics: Generations of Women’s Activism in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon
University of California Press, 2020

Nicos Poulantzas
Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism
Verso, 2018 (Originally published in 1970)

Nayrouz Qarmout
The Sea Cloak & Other Stories
Comma Press, 2019

Uzma Quraishi
Redefining the Immigrant South: Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston during the Cold War
University of North Carolina Press, 2020

David Rainbow
Ideologies of Race: Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union in Global Context
McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019

Ben Reynolds
The Coming Revolution: Capitalism in the 21st Century
Zero books, 2018

Thea Riofrancos
Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador
Duke University Press, 2020

Walter Rodney
1917: The Russian Revolution
Verso, 2018

Arundhati Roy
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Random House, 2017

Arundhati Roy
My Seditious Heart: Collected Nonfiction
Haymarket Books, 2019

Claudia Rueda
Students of Revolution: Youth, Protest, and Coalition Building in Somoza-Era Nicaragua

University of Texas Press, 2019

Sara Salem
Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt: The Politics of Hegemony
Cambridge University Press, 2020

Naomi Schiller
Channeling the State: Community Media and Popular Politics in Venezuela
Duke University Press, 2018

Helena Sheehan
Navigating the Zeitgeist: A Story of the Cold War, the New Left, Irish Republicanism, and International Communism
Monthly Review Press, 2019

Helena Sheehan
The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left
Monthly Review Press, 2017

Kyle Shelton
Power Moves: Transportation, Politics, and Development in Houston
University of Texas Press, 2018

Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva
Truth Will Prevail: Why I Have Been Condemned
LeftWord Press, 2018

Steven Stoll
Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia
Hill & Wang, 2017

Darko Suvin
Splendour, Misery, and Possibilities: An X-Ray of Socialist Yugoslavia
Haymarket Books, 2018

Christopher Taylor
Empire of Neglect: The West Indies in the Wake of British Liberalism
Duke University Press, 2018

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership
University of North Carolina Press, 2019

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
Haymarket Books, 2017

Gardner Thompson
Legacy of Empire: Britain, Zionism and the Creation of Israel
Saqi Books, 2019

Stephanie J. Urdang
Mapping My Way Home: Activism, Nostalgia, and the Downfall of Apartheid South Africa
Monthly Review Press, 2017

Yanis Varoufakis
Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe’s Deep Establishment
Vintage, 2018

Lorella Ventura
Hegel in the Arab World: Modernity, Colonialism, and Freedom
Palgrave Macmillan, 2018

David Vine
The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State
University of California Press, 2020

Laurel Westbrook
Unlivable Lives: Violence and Identity in Transgender Activism
University of California Press, 2020

Fred A. Wilcox
Shamrocks and Oil Slicks: A People’s Uprising Against Shell Oil in County Mayo, Ireland
Monthly Review Press, 2019

Zhun Xu
From Commune to Capitalism: How China’s Peasants Lost Collective Farming and Gained Urban Poverty
Monthly Review Press, 2018

Helen Yaffe
We Are Cuba!: How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World
Yale University Press, 2020

Naoki Yamamoto
Dialectics without Synthesis: Japanese Film Theory and Realism in a Global Frame
University of California Press, 2020

Nadia Yaqub
Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution
University of Texas Press, 2018

Okbazghi Yohannes
The Biofuels Deception: Going Hungry on the Green Carbon Diet
Monthly Review Press, 2018

Kevin Young
Blood of the Earth: Resource Nationalism, Revolution, and Empire in Bolivia
University of Texas Press, 2017

Slavoj Zizek
Pandemic!: Covid-19 Shakes the World
OR Books, 2020

Slavoj Zizek
Sex and the Failed Absolute
Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Alenka Zupančič 
What is Sex?
MIT Press, 2017