Autumn in Spring

On May 6, 2024, the first Monday in May, the press invites you to join us for our annual gala, Autumn in Spring (AIS), held at the Duquesne Club and beginning at 5:30 p.m. The benefit brings philanthropic and literary communities together for an evening of celebration and poetry. During the event, notable Pittsburghers share their favorite poems and speak about how we all—from artists to business executives, sports figures, and civic leaders—have a common love for the language of poetry. Before the reading, guests are invited to a hors-d’oeuvre and cocktail reception.

This year’s readers will be Tom Atkins, Rocky Bleier, Eliza Smith Brown, Marianne Cornetti, and Angela Reynolds as well as AHP poet Cameron Barnett. The event’s MC will be Ozzy Samad. 

We would like to thank our sponsor, the Duquesne Club Literary Society; our Honorary Charis Anne and Jim Burnham and Peggy and Maxwell King; our Chair Emerita, Lea Hillman Simonds, our Hononary Co-Chairs Debby and Dan Booker, Susie and Roy Dorrance, Kerry Bron and Robert Levin, Gail and Phillip Jones, Nancy and Woody Ostrow, Betsy Teti and Elaine Wertheim; and our Corporate Sponsors AJM Mortage, BD&E, and Compass Real Estate. 

We hope you’ll join us for this year’s event!


2023 Event Recap 

On Monday, May 1st, we convened at the Duquesne Club with a wonderful group of supporters, who are dedicated to supporting the arts in Pittsburgh.

Our seventeenth Autumn in Spring highlighted the power of the written word. We celebrated poetry with notable Pittsburghers Kevin AcklinJoe EdelsteinKara Holsopple, and Rob Rogers, who each shared some of their favorite literary works, and we ended the evening with a reading from Autumn House author, Sherrie Flick, who shared her story “Pittsburgh Women” and offered kind words about the press, saying that Autumn House is “both professional and nice and that’s a rare combination in the publishing industry.” Robert Mangino served as the event’s MC, leading the evening with warmth and humor and offering a much-deserved tribute to longtime Autumn in Spring Chair and former AHP board member, Anne Burham. In all, it was a memorable evening that reminded all in attendance of the enduring promise of poetry, and we are so thankful for this year’s readers.

On behalf of our staff, board, and planning committee, we are delighted to thank and acknowledge support from our Honorary Chairs, Peggy and Max King, and Honorary Chair Emerita, Lea Hillman Simonds at this year’s Autumn in Spring. In addition, we are thankful for the generous support of our Honorary Co-Chairs, Debby and Dan BookerSusan and Roy DorranceGail and Phillip JonesRobert Levin and Kerry BronNancy and Woody Ostrow, and Elaine Wertheim and Betsy Teti. In addition, we thank our corporate donors, AJM Mortgage, INC.; BD&E, a Pittsburgh-based branding firm; and Compass Real Estate. We would also like to express gratitude to the Duquesne Club Literary Society for their continued support.

We so appreciate everyone who contributed and attended. 


List of Notable Pittsburghers Who Had Read Over the Years


  • Helen Hanna Casey
  • Simin and Greg Curtis
  • Dan Dupee
  • Louise Sturgess
  • Robert Mangino


  • Christina Cassotis
  • Michele Fabrizi
  • Dr. Richard Moriarity
  • Ozzy Samad
  • Bill Strickland
  • AHP Poet Cameron Barnett


  • 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