Reading in New York City to feature American Book Review

John Tytell
The American Book Review, a literary journal published at the University of Houston-Victoria, will be one of the featured journals during a June 14 reading at the New York Public Library.


The reading, dubbed The Magathon, is a celebratory "marathon" of reading involving about 20 editors from different literary journals across the nation. Participants will read favorite selections from their issues between 4 and 6:30 p.m. in the library’s periodicals room at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City.


"This reading is meant to put the spotlight on literary magazine editors and the important work that they do," said Jamie Schwartz, program director of the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses, a New York City-based service organization that is sponsoring the event.


The Magathon kicks off the Lit Mag Marathon Weekend, the council's seventh annual showcase of the nation’s diverse literary magazines and journals.


American Book Review Associate Editor John Tytell will represent ABR at the reading. He plans to read a memorial tribute to poet and novelist Rochelle Ratner, who was one of the founding editors of ABR and died earlier this year from cancer. The tribute written by Tytell will be printed in the July/August edition of ABR.


In addition, Tytell, who also was one of ABR's founding editors, will read his review of Ira Cohen's book of poetry, "The Stauffenberg Cycle." The review originally appeared in ABR in 1982, and the book title refers to Claus von Stauffenberg, a German officer who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler.


"I hope to impart the continuing function and importance of the American Book Review during the reading," said Tytell, an author and English professor at Queens College in Flushing, N.Y. "The American Book Review gives a voice to small presses, which are tremendously important in the United States. It's about giving voice to different perspectives."


Each editor who reads during The Magathon will have about five minutes. The event is free and open to the public. Other publications featured during the reading include Cider Press Review, Confrontation, Eclipse, Fairy Tale Review, The Georgia Review and Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.


"We are honored to have John Tytell represent us at The Magathon," said Jeffrey Di Leo, ABR editor and publisher, and dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences.


"The event is a wonderful way to showcase books from small presses and encourage people to expand their reading choices."


ABR is an internationally distributed literary journal based at UHV that is published every other month. It has a circulation of about 8,000 and reviews the frequently neglected published works of fiction, poetry, literature and criticism from small presses. For more information, go to

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Paula Cobler