The American Book Review is an award-winning, internationally distributed publication that appears six times a year. It 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. For over thirty years, ABR has been a staple of the literary world.
In November 2006, the editorial aspects of ABR moved from Illinois State University to the University of Houston-Victoria under the editorship of Dr. Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Editor and Publisher of ABR, and UHV Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. The production elements of ABR were also transferred in September 2007, making UHV the American Book Review’s single host.
Founded in 1977 by novelist Ronald Sukenick, ABR 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.