Wendy Belcher's Publications


The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Seventeenth-Century African Biography of an Ethiopian Woman. Princeton: Princeton University Press. October 2015.

    Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson: Ethiopian Thought in the Making of an English Author. New York: Oxford University Press. May 2012.

    • Reviewed by Leeds African Studies Bulletin, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

    Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. January 2009.

    • Reviewed by Steven E. Gump, Journal of Scholarly Publishing 41, no. 2 (January 2010); Grant Eckstein, The Academic Author (April 2010); Reference & Research Book News May 2009, M. Burright. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 47, no. 1 (September 2009): 63 (highly recommended).
    • Sold over 12,000 copies in first two years.
    • Translated into Spanish by Sylvia Podolsky Ostrowiak and Alejandra Medrano for the academic publisher FLASCO (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences) in Mexico City as Cómo escribir un artículo académico en 12 semanas: Guía para publicar con éxito.
    • Workbook forms available here.

    Honey from the Lion: An African Journey. New York: E. P. Dutton. 1988. 188 pages.

    • Winner of Washington State Governor’s Writers Award
    • Finalist in the Martha Albrand/PEN Society Award for first book of nonfiction (judged by Annie Dillard and Allen Ginsburg).
    • Reviewed in the New York Times Book Review on September 11, 1988. 
    • Translated into French by l’Ecole des Loisirs as Le Miel du Lion.
    Co-Edited Volumes

    Self-Help Graphics & Art: Art in the Heart of Los Angeles, by Kristin Guzman; series editors Chon A. Noriega, Yolanda Retter-Vargas, and Wendy Belcher. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press. 2005. 142 pages.

    I Am Aztlán: The Personal Essay in Chicano Studies, ed. Chon A. Noriega and Wendy Belcher. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press. 2004. 266 pages.

    Contemporary African Politics and Development: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1981–1990, Volume I. With Vijitha Mahadevan et al. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. 1994. 1,314 pages.

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    “Sisters Debating the Jesuits: The Role of African Women in Defeating Portuguese Proto-Colonialism in Seventeenth-Century Abyssinia.” Northeast African Studies 13, no. 1 (spring 2013).

    From Sheba They Come: Medieval Ethiopian Myth, U.S. Newspapers, and Modern American Narrative.” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters 33, no. 2 (Spring 2010): 239-257.

    "Consuming Subjects: Theorizing New Models of Agency For Literary Criticism in African Studies." Comparative Literature Studies 46, no. 2 (Spring 2009): 213-232.

    "Origin of the Name Rasselas." Notes and Queries 56, no. 2 (June 2009): 253-255.

    Reflections on Ten Years of Teaching Writing for Publication to Graduate Students and Junior Faculty.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 40, no. 2 (January 2009): 184-199.

    Indirect Resistance: Rhetorical Strategies for Evading Power in Colonial French West African Novels by Camara Laye, Ferdinand Oyono, and Sembene Ousmane.” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 18, no. 1 (spring 2007): 65-87.

    Conjuring the Colonizer: Alternative Readings of Magic Realism in Sherman Alexie’s Reservation Blues.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 31, no. 2 (June 2007): 25-39.

    After the Freedom: Post-War Cultural Production and National Identity in Eritrea.” Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture 50 (spring 2000): 87-98.


    "African Rewritings of the Jewish and Islamic Solomonic Tradition: The Triumph of the Queen of Sheba in the Ethiopian Fourteenth-Century Text Kəbrä Nägäst." In Roberta Sabbath, ed. Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an as Literary Works. Boston/Leiden: E. J. Brill. Forthcoming 2009.

    “The Island Arrival: Western Images and African Realities.” In Beyond the Floating Islands, ed. Stephanos Stephanides and Susan Bassnet. (Bologna, Italy: University of Warwick and COTEPRA [Comparative Literature Theory and Practice], 2002).

    Out of Africa: Why Do So Many Travel Books about Africa Start the Same Way?” In Salon.com’s Wanderlust: Real-Life Tales of Adventure and Romance. New York: Villard Books. 2000. Reprinted from Salon Magazine (July 27, 1999), as one of the best essays that has appeared in Salon.com’s Travel area since 1997.

        Amazon review of essay

        Rick McGinnis review of essay

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    South Central Los Angeles: An Annotated Bibliography with Accompanying Statistics on Inner City Underdevelopment and Minority Business. Los Angeles, CA: City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. 1993. 63 pages.

    Structural Adjustment and the Case of Ghana: An Examination of Policies, Premises, and Agriculture. MA Thesis. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA. 1992. 67 pages.

    Street Beat: The Art of the Street. Washington, DC: Potter’s House Press. 1987. 32 pages. Photos and text.

    New Approaches to Creative Writing: Book 2. Wilkinsburg, PA: Hayes School Publishing Co. 1985. 40 pages.


    "District 9's Intentions and the Road to Hell." Zeleza Post e-symposium vol. 3 (November 2, 2009).

    “When a Journal Says No” Inside Higher Ed (April 27, 2009).

    "Parsing the Decision Letter: Why is it so difficult to determine whether a journal editor has accepted or rejected your article?" Chronicle of Higher Education (February 13, 2009).


    Review of Andrew J. Carlson and Dennis G. Carlson,Kossoye: A Village Life in Ethiopia” Journal of Modern African Studies 49, no. 3 (September 2011).

    Review of David W. Phillipson, “Ancient Churches of Ethiopia: Fourth-Fourteenth Centuries.” African Arts 43, no. 4 (winter 2010): 87–88.

    “Chris Abani” and “Chris Abani’s Poetry” entries. In Companion to 20th-Century World Poetry, ed. R. Victoria Arana (New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2007).

    Review of Stuart Munro-Hay, “The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant: The True History of the Tablets of Moses,” Research in African Literatures (Summer 2006) 37, no. 2: 199-204.

    Review of A. Suresh Canagarajah, “The Geopolitics of Academic Writing,” AsiaMedia News Daily (July 2006).

    Review of Edwidge Danticat, “The Farming of Bones.” LA Weekly (September 23, 1999).

    Review of Philip Gourevitch, “We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda.” Multicultural Review (1999).

    Review essay on recent African development books, “The Full View of a Continent: Africa’s Development in Spite of Obstacles.” Sojourners (October 1991): 40–43.

    Review of Pretty Village, Pretty Flame. “Projecting the Balkan War.” Suitcase: A Journal of Transcultural Traffic (April 1997).

    Selected Other Writing about Literature

    In Memoriam: Mazisi Raymond Fakazi Mngoni Kunene.” UCLA Today (September 2006).

    Medieval African and European Texts about the Queen of Sheba: Some Speculations about the Early Circulation of Ethiopian Discourse.” Center for the Study of Women Update (May 2006).

    Manuscripts in 2,000-year-old Language: Priests Identify UCLA Library's Sacred Treasures.” UCLA Today (April 12, 2005).

    The Prisoner: Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesia’s Leading Writer, Out on Tour.” LA Weekly (June 4–10, 1999): 45.

    Ethiopia’s Poet Laureate: Tsegaye Gebre Medhin.” Ethiopian Review (October 1998).

    “Still Burning the Candle: Playwright Ayalneh Mulatu.” Ethiopian Review (February 1998).

    Ethiopian Grit: Women Poets Firmaye and Aregash.” Ethiopian Review (December 1997).

    Selected Writing about Art

    Mask and Shadow: Ethiopian Painter Daniel Taye.” Ethiopian Review (January-February 1998).

    “An Interview with Sokari Douglas Camp.” Echoes of the Kalabari: Sculpture by Sokari Douglas Camp. Washington, DC: Smithsonian. 1988. Pages 9–23.

    Selected Writing about Development and Politics

    “Dr. Asrat Speaks from Prison.” BBC Network Africa, London, England, (15:05, May 29 1998).

    “Ethiopia’s Caged Bird: Political Prisoner Dr. Asrat.” LA Weekly (July 3, 1998), Index on Censorship (July 1998), African News Online (July 29, 1998), San Francisco Bay Guardian (September 9, 1998), Freedom Forum (October 1998), Legacy: Africa’s Leading Magazine on Social Issues (1998-1999).

    • Dick Goldensohn Grant for Innovative Journalism 1998.

    Interview with Dr. Mesfin Wolde Mariam, of Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRC).” Ethiopians.com (May 10, 2001).

    “Impact in the Field: Settlement Feasibility Subject of Study.” Frontlines (Feb. 1985): 6.

    “US Aid to Paraguay: Assistance to Credicoop’s Agricultural Credit Union System.” AID Development Experience Abstract: AID Program Evaluation Report No. 56. Washington, DC: US Agency for International Development. 1984. 4 pages.

    “The Development Potential of New Lands Settlement in the Tropics and Subtropics.” AID Development Experience Abstract: AID Program Evaluation Report No. 21. Washington, DC: US Agency for International Development. 1984. 4 pages.

    “Irrigation and AID’s Experience: A Consideration Based on Evaluations.” AID Development Experience Abstract: AID Program Evaluation Report No. 8. Washington, DC: US Agency for International Development. 1984. 4 pages.

    Selected Scripts and Video

    Interview with Archivist Demeke Berhane about Early Modern Ethiopian Manuscripts. May 10, 2007. Posted on my Youtube channel.

    "Telling the Truth."One-act play in Return of the Play of the Dead by Roadkill Productions. October-November 2007. Review.

    “Introducing SCCC Institute of English.” Seattle, WA: Seattle Central Community College. 1989.

    “Street Beat: The Art of the Street.” Eleven-minute slide show for Washington Project for the Arts. 1987.

    Staff Writing Experience

    Wrote articles, reports, radio scripts, and multi-image scripts for such media outlets as BBC Africa News, Pacifica Network News, Salon.com, The Seattle Times, Ethiopian Tribune, Ethiopian Review, LA Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Index on Censorship, African News Online, Freedom Forum, Frontlines, CSW Newsletter, CSRC Newsletter, Flourish, Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, Mount Holyoke News, Practical Supervision, and such organizations as the National Museum of African Art, United States Agency of International Development, Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Jubilee Ministries, Potter’s House Press, Washington Project for the Arts, United States Information Service, Seattle Central Community College Institute of English, PEN Center USA West, the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, UCLA Graduate Division, UCLA African Studies Center, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Mount Holyoke College, and the Center for the Strategic Initiatives of Women.

    Flourish. Over five years of monthly newsletter.

    Ethiopian Review. Over a dozen feature articles.

    Ethiopian Tribune. Fifty news articles, ten feature articles.

    The Seattle Times. Half-a-dozen feature articles.