American Book Review

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American Book Review
Editor Jeffrey R. Di Leo
Categories Book review
Frequency Bimonthly
Publisher Jeffrey R. Di Leo
Founder Ronald Sukenick
Year founded 1977
Company University of Houston–Victoria
Country United States
Based in Victoria, Texas
Language English
ISSN 0149-9408

The American Book Review is a nonprofit, internationally distributed publication that appears six times a year. ABR specializes in reviews of frequently neglected published works of fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural criticism from small, regional, university, ethnic, avant-garde, and women's presses. ABR as a literary journal aims to project the sense of engagement that writers feel about what is being published. It is edited and produced by writers for writers and the general public and is housed at the University of Houston–Victoria. The online content of ABR is distributed by Project MUSE.


Ronald Sukenick founded the American Book Review in 1977. ABR was one of the first literary journals entirely devoted to reviewing works from independent presses and continues to follow that tradition today.

The American Book Review was designed to offer a unique model for reviewing books, one edited by writers themselves in an effort to reproduce the interest they took in their peers’ works of fiction, poetry, and criticism. This collective approach remained intact while responsibility for producing the journal was assumed by the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1987, then by Illinois State University in 1995, and now by the University of Houston–Victoria.

In November 2006, the editorial aspects of ABR moved from Illinois State University to the University of Houston–Victoria (UHV) under the editorship of Dr. Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Editor and Publisher of ABR and UHV's Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. The production elements of ABR were also transferred in September 2007, making UHV the American Book Review’s single host.


Founder: Ronald Sukenick

Publisher: Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Editor: Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Managing Editor: Jeffrey A. Sartain

Assistant Editor: Lauren A. Pirosko

Publisher Emeritus: Charles B. Harris

Associate Editors: Mark Amerika, R.M. Berry, C. S. Giscombe, Dinda L. Gorlée, Charles R. Johnson, Cris Mazza, Larry McCaffery, Christina Milletti, Doug Nufer, Kevin Prufer, John Tytell, Barry Wallenstein, Tom Williams, Eric Miles Williamson

Contributing Editors: Rudolfo Anaya, Ron Arias, John Ashbery, Michael Bérubé, Rosellen Brown, Andrei Codrescu, William Demby, Rikki Ducornet, William Gass, Joseph Haske, Russell Hoover, Steve Katz, Clarence Major, Michael McClure, Joyce Carol Oates, Marjorie Perloff, Robert Peters, Corinne Robins, Charles Russell, Paul Schiavo, Barry Seiler, Charles Simic, Bruce Sterling, Regina Weinreich

Select Past Issues[edit]

Every issue of American Book Review includes a Focus topic edited by an invited guest editor. Some past issues have included the following focii:

Metamodernism (34.4)

Uncreative Writing (32.4)

The Latino West (32.3)

Environmental Humanities (32.1)

Cognitive Fictions (31.6)

Top 40 Bad Books (31.2)

Innovative Fiction by International Women (30.6)

Fiction's Future (30.5)

Posthumanism (30.2)

The Affective Turn (29.6)

Women of Color in Publishing (29.4)

100 Best Last Lines from Novels (29.2)

Dangerous Books (29.1)

Romanian Poetry in Translation (28.5)

100 Best First Lines from Novels (27.2)

Reading Series[edit]

The American Book Review and the University of Houston–Victoria School of Arts and Sciences have joined to create the UHV/ABR Reading Series. The series features nationally recognized writers on extended visits to the University of Houston–Victoria. Past speakers include:

Upcoming Reading Series Speakers[edit]

Naomi Shihab Nye (1/31/2013)

Manuel Luis Martinez (2/21/2013)

Jess Walter (3/21/2013)

Cristina García (4/11/2013)

Tim Z. Hernandez (4/25/2013)

Past Reading Series Speakers[edit]

Jake Adam York (11/29/2012)

Norma Elia Cantú (11/8/2012

Mat Johnson (10/10/2012)

Paisley Rekdal (9/27/2012)

Steve Tomasula (9/13/2012)

Wayne Miller (4/26/2012)

Robert Coover (4/5/2012)

Percival Everett (3/8/2012)

Tim O'Brien (2/16/2012)

Karen Tei Yamashita (1/26/2012)

John Tytell (12/1/2011)

E. Ethelbert Miller (11/3/2011)

Michael O'Brien (10/13/2011)

Christina Milletti (9/22/2011)

Davis Schneiderman (9/1/2011)

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (4/21/2011)

Beverly Lowry (3/10/2011)

Kate Bernheimer (2/17/2011)

Rachel Eliza Griffiths (2/9/2011)

Jayne Anne Phillips (1/27/2011)

Ann Weisgarber (11/4/2010)

Amelia Gray (10/21/2010)

Diana Lopez (9/23/2010)

John Dufresne (9/2/2010)

Bret Anthony Johnston (4/22/2010)

Curtis White (3/25/2010)

Jake Silverstein (3/8/2010)

Darlene H. Unrue (2/18/2010)

Charles Johnson (1/28/2010)

Cris Mazza (11/19/2009)

Andrew Porter (10/22/2009)

Tony Diaz (10/1/2009)

George Singleton (9/3/2009)

Ana Castillo (4/30/2009)

Zulfikar Ghose (4/2/2009)

John O'Brien (3/12/2009)

Michael A. Martone (2/19/2009)

Marjorie Perloff (1/22/2009)

Antonya Nelson (11/20/2008)

Mark Doty (10/21/2008)

Kim Herzinger (8/28/2008)

Farnoosh Moshiri (4/24/2008)

Lance Olsen (4/3/2008)

David M. Oshinsky (2/28/2008)

Tom Williams (1/24/2008)

Robert Phillips (11/15/2007)

R. M. Berry (10/25/2007)

Dagoberto Gilb (9/20/2007)

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (8/30/2007)

Andrei Codrescu (5/11/2007)

Raymond Federman (4/12/2007)

Angela Ball (3/8/2007)

Justin Cronin (2/1/2007)

Eric Miles Williamson (11/10/2006)

Graciela Limón (9/13/2006)


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