Autumn in Spring

Join us on Monday, May 2, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. at the Duquesne Club. 

Each year, on the first Monday in May, the press holds our annual gala, Autumn in Spring. The benefit is designed to bring the philanthropic and literary communities together for an evening of celebration and poetry. Each year, notable Pittsburghers are invited to share their favorite poems and speak about how we all—from business executives to sports figures to civic leaders—have a common love for the language of poetry. Before the reading, guests are invited to an hors-d’oeuvre and cocktail reception.

The support garnered from supporters like you who attend AIS is essential to Autumn House Press’s sustainability and growth. We are forever grateful to our volunteer event committee who, each year, play a substantial role in making this event a success. We are also thankful for the Duquesne Club Literary Society, and all our donors and sponsors.

For more information about the event or to purchase a ticket, please email us.

For our 2019 AIS, over 190 poetry lovers met for conversations, cocktails, and comestibles around the Duquense Club’s fountain before convening in the Dining Room. Maxwell and Peggy King as Honorary Chairs opened the program by welcoming everyone; Alan Stanford, Producing Artistic Director of PICT Classic Theatre emceed the evening event, which was co-sponsored by the Duquesne Club Literary Society. The event was generously underwritten by Debby and Dan Booker, Nancy and Woody Ostrow, Bank of America, Greycourt, and The Fine Foundation.

Attendees enjoyed the following readings:

  • Christina Cassotis, Pittsburgh International Airport, read “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver
  • Michele Fabrizi, MARC USA, read “Invocation for the Shrine” by Ben Okri
  • Dr. Richard Moriarity, UPMC Children’s Hospital and creator of Mr. Yuk, read “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus
  • Ozzy Samad, Brother’s Brother Foundation, read “If—” by Rudyard Kipling
  • Bill Strickland, Manchester Bidwell Corporation, read “A Brave and Startling Truth” by Maya Angelou
  • AHP poet Cameron Barnett concluded the program by reading his beautiful poem “Pittsburgh Aubade”


List of Notable Pittsburghers Who Had Read Over the Years


  • Karen Wolk Feinstein
  • Ken Gormley
  • Ted Pappas
  • Joanne Rogers
  • Anne Martindale Williams


  • Karla Boos
  • Julia Erickson
  • Bill Flanagan
  • Andy Masich
  • J.T. Thomas


  • Jim Cunningham
  • Robert Levin
  • Jo Ellen Parker
  • Peggy Finnegan
  • Mayor Bill Peduto


  • Meg Cheever
  • Richard Rauh
  • Kiya Tomlin
  • Alan Stanford
  • Anne Burnham


  • Carol R. Brown
  • Yona Harvey
  • Woody Ostrow
  • Henry Reese


  • Daniel I. Booker
  • Judith Davenport
  • Stewart O’Nan
  • Mary Rawson


  • Rabbi Aaron Bisno
  • Lynn Cullen
  • Patrick Dowd
  • Margaret Whitford


  • Suzy Broadhurst
  • Sharon Dilworth
  • Rev. Harold Lewis
  • Tony Norman


  • Terrance Hayes
  • Charlie Humphrey
  • Art Rooney II
  • Helana Routi
  • Anna Singer


  • Toi Derricotte
  • Franco Harris
  • Marty McGuinn
  • Rick Sebak
  • Sally Wiggin


  • Patricia Jabbeh Wesley


  • David C. Conrad II


  • Jan Beatty
  • Philip Terman