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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.

We believe poetry is an affirmation of the deep and elemental range of our human experience, and our need for it is as crucial now as it ever has been. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent poets of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors who will become the important poets of their generation. We pledge to edit this poetry with devotion and care, and to create beautiful books that are worthy of it.

In 2008, we supplemented our poetry list by initiating a series of fiction titles and in 2010 a series of non-fiction 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.

About our Mission

  • Autumn House Press is a nonprofit corporation registered in the state of Pennsylvania whose mission is to publish and promote poetry and other fine literature.
  • The press will concentrate on publishing the work of excellent contemporary writers who have a following among readers, but whose work has been overlooked by commercial publishers.
  • In the belief that a book is not only a readable text but also an object of art, the press is dedicated to producing beautifully designed, well-manufactured books on acid-free paper, as well as electronic texts of comparable quality.
  • To these ends, the press will seek out the best possible book designers, illustrators, poets, writers, and editors.
  • This dedication to quality will, however, be balanced against considerations of cost in order to make the books affordable to all.

About our Founder

Since 1998, Michael Simms has led the Autumn House community in building one of the most influential independent literary organizations in the country. Currently serving as Editor-in-Chief, he coordinates the selection, editing, design, manufacture, and marketing of our publications. He is the author of five collections of poetry: Black Stone, The Happiness of Animals, The Fire-Eater, Migration, and Notes on Continuing Light, as well as the co-author of The Longman Dictionary and Handbook of Poetry. He has taught at The University of Iowa, Southern Methodist University, The Community College of Allegheny County, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and Duquesne University. He lives with his wife Eva and their two children in the historic Mount Washington neighborhood overlooking downtown Pittsburgh and the Monongahela River.

About our Managing Editor

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Giuliana Certo graduated from Chatham University with an MFA in Creative Writing, and a BA in English Writing from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. First place winner of the Laurie Mansell Reich Poetry Prize sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, her work has appeared in the Susquehanna Review, The John Carroll Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Italian Americana. Giuliana began as an intern at Autumn House in 2011 and worked for two years as Assistant Editor. Alongside her role as Managing Editor, Giuliana is also an adjunct instructor at Chatham University and Point Park University where she teaches writing.

About our Associate Editor

Christine Stroud is originally from eastern North Carolina, but currently lives in Pittsburgh. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University and a BA in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Her chapbook, The Buried Return, is being released by Finishing Line Press in March of 2014. Her poem, “You Called the Night it Snowed in April,” was published in Ninth Letter’s first web edition and she received the Best Thesis in Poetry award for her manuscript, Brick Wall.