About Us

Autumn House Press was launched in 1998 when prominent American publishers, driven by economic concerns, dramatically reduced their poetry lists and important contemporary poets were left struggling to find publishers. Small presses are now publishing some of the most important poetry in America, and are largely nurturing the great American poetic tradition. We want to ensure that this tradition continues.

Autumn House has received recognition for our work, for example, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Pennsylvania legislature recognizing our contribution to the arts. Our books are regularly reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, The Georgia Review, The London Times Literary Supplement, and the Jerusalem Post. And they win prizes; for example, Love for Sale and Other Essays by Clifford Thompson won the 2013 Whiting Award, garnering $50,000 for the author.

In 2008, Autumn House supplemented our poetry list by initiating a series of fiction titles and in 2010 a series of nonfiction titles. These books receive the same attention to design and manufacture as our award-winning poetry titles.

Besides publishing books, Autumn House has three additional programs. We publish Coal Hill Review, an online poetry magazine; we sponsor four national literary contests; and we collaborate with Pittsburgh community venues to present The Autumn House Master Authors’ Reading Series.

Please consider joining us by purchasing our books, encouraging their adoption as classroom texts or library resources, making a donation or bequest, volunteering your time, or participating in our annual poetry, fiction, and nonfiction contests.