Black History Month reads

Safe in a Midwife’s Hands

Birthing Traditions from Africa to the American South

Linda Janet Holmes

“Weaves together the histories of African and African American midwives to share an undertold story of birthing traditions and justice.” —Linda Villarosa, author of Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation

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We Got By

A Black Family’s Journey in the Heartland

Ric S. Sheffield

We Got By will shake readers to the very bottoms of their souls.” —Allen Ballard, author of Breaching Jericho’s Walls: A Twentieth-Century African American Life

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Dark Mirror

African Americans and the Federal Writers‘ Project

J. J. Butts

“A significant contribution to an expanded analysis of the cultural and political complexities and tensions of these works and this era.” —MELUS

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Chi Boy

Native Sons and Chicago Reckonings

Keenan Norris

“As informative as it is inventive, as poetic as it is profound, Chi Boy is an absolute must-read.” —Jerald Walker, National Book Award finalist for How to Make a Slave and Other Essays

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Some Other Blues

New Perspectives on Amiri Baraka

Jean-Philippe Marcoux, Ed.

“[Situates] Baraka rightly as a model of intellectual and artistic innovation, adventure, and integrity.” —Keith D. Leonard

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New & Forthcoming Titles:

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Softly Undercover

Hanae Jonas

Front cover of Niobes: Antiquity, Modernity, Critical Theory, edited by Mario Telò and Andrew Benjamin, featuring a modern bronze sculture of Niobe.

Niobes: Antiquity, Modernity, Critical Theory

Mario Telò and Andrew Benjamin, Eds.

Front cover of Through Fences, Written by Frederick Luis Aldama and Illustrated by Oscar Garza, featuring images of several characters from the interior peeking through openings in a chain link fence.

Through Fences

Frederick Luis Aldama and Oscar Garza

Front cover of Grassroots Activisms: Public Rhetorics in Localized Contexts, edited by Lisa L. Phillips, Sarah Warren-Riley, and Julie Collins Bates, with plant stems and roots emerging from the letters in Grassroots.

Grassroots Activisms: Public Rhetorics in Localized Contexts

Lisa L. Phillips, Sarah Warren-Riley, and Julie Collins Bates, Eds.

Front cover of City Scripts: Narratives of Postindustrial Urban Futures, featuring a tall concrete wall, set with two large industrial fans, one red and one blue.

City Scripts: Narratives of Post-Industrial Futures

Barbara Buchenau, Jens Martin Gurr, and Maria Sulimma, Eds.

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Slow Narrative across Media

Edited by Marco Caracciolo and Ella Mingazova

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Human Rights on the Move

Edited by Wendy S. Hesford, Momar K. Ndiaye, and Amy Shuman

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About the Ohio State University Press:

The Ohio State University Press was established in 1957 and currently publishes 50-60 new books a year. We specialize in literary and cultural studies (including comics, narrative theory, Victorian studies, and medieval studies), American studies, rhetoric and communication, gender and sexuality studies, and race and ethnic studies (including Black studies and Latinx studies). We also acquire books in regional studies on our Trillium imprint, creative works on our Mad Creek imprint, and linguistics, and we publish the annual winners of The Journal’s non/fiction and poetry prizes.

In addition to its books, the Press publishes a distinguished group of journals including Inks, the journal of the Comics Studies Society, Adoption & Culture, American Periodicals, Victorians, North American Journal of Celtic Studies, and Narrative.


The Ohio State University Press is a proud member of the Association of University Presses. For a spreadsheet list of the Association's members and the subjects they publish in, click here. For a PDF of the Association's publication, Best Practices for Peer Review, click here.

Latest News:

I Would Meet You Anywhere: A Memoir by Susan Kiyo Ito is a Finalist for the 2023 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography!

Front cover of I Would Meet You Anywhere: A Memoir, by Susan Kiyo Ito, featuring a background of blue fabric with white cranes and an evergreen branch sewn onto it.

Congratulations to our 2023 Eisner nominees: Katherine Kelp-Stebbins’s How Comics Travel: Publication, Translation, Radical Literacies is nominated for Best Academic/Scholarly Work, and José Alaniz’s Resurrection: Comics in Post-Soviet Russia is nominated for Best Comics-Related Book.

American Magnitude by Christa Olson has won the 2023 RSA Book Award!

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Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize coeditor Kathy Fagan is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow!