University of Houston-Victoria



American Book Review

University Center, Suite 301
3007 N Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901
361-570-4101          Fax:  361-580-5501

Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Ph.D.

Jeffrey A. Sartain, Ph.D.


Managing Editor





Lauren Pirosko

Assistant Editor



American Book Review was founded in October 1977 in Brooklyn, New York by the avant-garde novelist Ronald Sukenick and relocated to the University of Houston-Victoria in July 2006 after extended residencies at the University of Colorado-Boulder and Illinois State University in Normal.


The history of the American Book Review consists of nearly thirty years of continuous engagement with some of the most challenging, innovative and beautiful wordcraft in our literary tradition. Its editors and contributors form both a Who’s Who of the literary scene and an index of the powerful undercurrents in American publishing. The review has thrived because of the collective spirit that has dominated its editorial vision and publishing practice. At its core are writers writing about writers:  people who live with words, who allow words to dominate their being. Part of the uniqueness and power of this publication is the critical window these contributors provide for our readers.  ABR reviewers share a commitment to and passion for contemporary writing, which makes ABR a special venue to gain a perspective on the contemporary American literary horizon. The emphasis away from mainstream American publishing only makes ABR more attractive and valuable to its readers. Over the past decade alone, ABR has reviewed books published by over 200 independent presses, including literary presses and non-profit "small" presses. ABR is distributed in every section of the country, and its subscription list is both national and international.  Readers and authors served by ABR represent a diverse mixture of genders, races, age groups, and ethnic and national backgrounds located all over the world. 

UHV/ABR Reading Series

The UHV/ABR Reading Series features nationally recognized writers on a day-long visit to the Victoria campus that include a public reading of their recent work; audience Q&A and book signing; roundtable discussion with UHV faculty and students; master class consulting for graduate, upper-division, and high-school students; and receptions for university advancement.


Each author’s agenda is tailored to best meet the needs of UHV students and faculty as well as raise UHV’s profile by providing face-to-face interaction with the widely recognized writers, critics and experts who write and edit the American Book Review. UHV/ABR Reading Series on-campus presentations and off-campus reading/receptions provide the community with unprecedented access to artists in an intimate, personal environment.  In addition, area public and private high-school English students and teachers are invited to participate.


Friends of ABR Endowment

This three-year project’s goal is to raise $1 million from local and regional individuals, foundations and corporations.  Revenue generated by these endowment funds will insure American Book Review’s on-going viability and permanent residence at UHV.  Funds will also facilitate the development of undergraduate and graduate curriculum in the publishing arts.