Autumn in Spring

**Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone this year’s Autumn in Spring. As of right now, the event will be held on October 5, 2020. We hope by this time, we will be able to celebrate safely. In the meantime, we welcome any donations to help sustain the press through this uncertain time.**

The 2020 Autumn in Spring marks the 15-year anniversary of this wonderful celebration. This year the event will be on May 4, 2019, at the historic Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh. We hope you will consider joining us!

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

  • Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

2007

  • David C. Conrad II

2006

  • Jan Beatty
  • Philip Terman