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Autumn House Press

Autumn House Press is an independent, non-profit literary publishing company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

In a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette poetry feature, Bob Hoover writes that "Simms says he started the operation after he noticed that the 'large traditional commercial presses, had either been bought up or merged and were emphasizing literary titles less. I saw a need for a high-quality poetry press to fill that vacuum.' "[1] Launched in 1998, the press publishes books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by such authors as Ruth L. Schwartz, Gerald Stern, Chana Bloch, Ed Ochester, Sue Ellen Thompson, Robert Strong, Anne Marie Macari, Andrea Hollander Budy, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Frank Gaspar, Sheryl St. Germain, and Raza Ali Hasan, as well as a number of comprehensive anthologies including When She Named Fire: an Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women.

Autumn House also publishes Coal Hill Review, an online poetry and nonfiction magazine; sponsors three national literary contests; and collaborates with Pittsburgh community venues to present The Autumn House Master Authors Reading Series.[2] The press has been honored by annual grants from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, and others.[3] In describing the press's success, Abby Mendelson wrote "Kudos for their efforts abound, as do national awards, prestigious prizes from North Carolina and Philadelphia... Autumn House work has been anthologized, blessed by radio ace Garrison Keillor, garnered national press."[4] Autumn House Press titles have been reviewed in such venues as Publishers Weekly,[5] Booklist, The Georgia Review, The Hollins Critic, The Jerusalem Post, and The London Times Literary Supplement, and Autumn House authors have been featured on Prosody (WYEP radio).[6]

Autumn House's submission policies [7] stipulate that they "ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests,", " entry to which requires payment of a significant fee.

Michael Simms is founder and Editor-in-Chief. He is a poet who has taught at the University of Iowa, Southern Methodist University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duquesne University; he presently teaches in the Chatham University Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.


  1. ^ > Poet's kind of town, Pittsburgh is ...Local publishers boost the city in poetry circles > Sunday, April 01, 2007 > By Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-GazettePittsburgh Post-Gazette
  2. ^ Autumn House Press Website Welcome Page
  3. ^ Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
  4. ^ Pop Star: Michael Simms > Pop City
  5. ^ Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New' by Ed Ochester > Reviews: 12.31.07 > Publishers Weekly
  6. ^ WYEPProsody,
  7. ^ Autumn House Submission Policies

External links

  • Autumn House Press Homepage\
  • Directory > Autumn House PressPoets & Writers
  • Council of Literary Magazines and Small Presses > Directory of Member Publishers
  • > Sept/Oct 2004 by Kevin LarimerNews & Trends > Small Press Points > Poets & Writers
  • LitList: Autumn House Press
  • HighBeam Research: Article from Pittsburgh City Paper > Autumn House Press Springs Forward
  • Academy of American Poets > Pennsylvania > Literary Journals and Small Presses
  • Poetry Society of America > Resources
  • House Submission Policies
  • Coal Hill Review Homepage
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