About Us

Founded in 1998, Autumn House Press is proud to have published debut collections by poets such as Ada Limón, Danusha Lameris, Eric Tran, and Cameron Barnett, and fiction writers such as Michael X. Wang and Wendy Wimmer, and nonfiction by Beth Alvarado, Dickson Lam, and Clifford Thompson. The press believes literature affirms the deep and elemental range of our human experience, and our need for it is now more crucial than ever. Autumn House is committed to championing debut, emerging, and established authors and to supporting our authors throughout their careers. We pledge to edit their work with devotion and care and to create beautiful books.

Autumn House Press is a nationally renowned nonprofit publisher based in Pittsburgh, PA, whose mission is to publish and promote poetry and other fine literature.

Our 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 have won numerous awards over the years: 

  • Love for Sale and Other Essays by Clifford Thompson, which won a 2013 Whiting Award, 
  • Anxious Attachments by Beth Alvardo won the 2020 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, and 
  • Further News of Defeat by Michael X. Wang, which won the 2021 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection and the 2022 GLCA New Writers Award. 
  • Additionally, Autumn House is proud to have published Lucky Wreck, the debut collection by Ada Limón, the 24th Poet Laureate of the United States.

Our books have been reviewed in well-known magazines and journals, including Publishers Weekly, People Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Hudson Review, The Women’s Review of Books, The Jewish Review of Books, and many more. Poems, stories, essays, and excerpts from our books have been featured and syndicated in The New York Times Magazine, The Slowdown, Electric LitAmerican Life in Poetry, Poetry Daily, and others. 

Please explore our selection of extraordinary poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and anthologies—for your enjoyment, for classroom use, or as gifts for friends and family. You can also learn about our annual Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Prizes, reading periods, and publishing partnerships.