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University of Houston-Victoria an Unlikely Hot Spot for Experimental Fiction and the Humanities

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From Inside Higher Education, Unlikely Haven for Humanities Publishing, the University of Houston-Victoria and Jeffrey R. Di Leo, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences are profiled for an outsize presence in the literary world.

The University of Houston-Victoria is an unlikely hot spot for experimental fiction and the humanities. But this 3,200-student institution has, in just a few years, become host to a constellation of small but prestigious scholarly endeavors that needed new homes – including an independent press for “artistically adventurous, non-traditional fiction,” and the 8,000-circulation American Book Review.

Houston’s literary reputation is an unfortunate secret outside of certain circles and has been fueled by an unusual confluence of academic support at public universities and real literary exploration, from Donald Barthelme‘s days at the University of Houston Creative Writing program (ranked #2 nationally, to the extent that says anything at all) and now Di Leo’s work at UHV.

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