About Us

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

Since our launch, Autumn House has expanded to publish fiction (2008) and nonfiction titles (2010). These books receive the same attention to design and manufacturing as our award-winning poetry titles.

Autumn House publications have received a great deal of recognition and acclaim. In 2011, we earned a Certificate of Appreciation from the Pennsylvania legislature recognizing our contribution to the arts. Our books are regularly reviewed in Ploughshares, Brevity, London Grip Review, The Women’s Review of Books, The Jewish Review of Books, and Poets Quarterly. Many of our poems have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, on Garrison Kiellor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. Our titles also circulate within the local Pittsburgh community, with reviews in The Pittsburgh City Paper and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Our books have won numerous awards over the years, such as  Love for Sale and Other Essays by Clifford Thompson, which won the 2013 Whiting Award.

In addition to our poetry, fiction, and nonfiction publications, Autumn House runs three supplementary programs. Coal Hill Review, our online imprint, offers a yearly poetry journal and reviews recent poetry and prose publications. We also sponsor four national literary contests: Autumn House’s annual full-length poetry, fiction, and nonfiction contests and the Coal Hill Review chapbook contest. In the summer of 2016, we will also collaborate with Pittsburgh parks to present “The Pittsburgh Parks Summer Reading Series.”

Please visit our events page to learn about readings, release parties, and workshops taking place both in Pittsburgh, PA and around the country. Consider supporting 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.