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.
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 for readings by Christina Cassotis, Michele Fabrizi, Dr. Richard Moriarity, Ozzy Samad, and Bill Strickland. 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. AHP poet Cameron Barnett concluded the program by reading his beautiful poem “Pittsburgh Aubade.”
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. Please consider joining us again or coming for the first time in 2020.
Our next Autumn in Spring will be May 4, 2019, at the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Please check our website in early 2020 to get updates on our readers and ticket availability.