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Michael Simms is an American poet and literary publisher. His most recent book is Black Stone (Monkey Sea Editions, 2009). His poems have been published in literary journals and magazines including 5 A.M., Black Warrior Review, Mid-American Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Southwest Review, and West Branch.[1] Born in 1954 in Houston, Texas, Simms attended the School of Irish Studies in Dublin, Ireland; Southern Methodist University (BA, 1976); and the University of Iowa (MFA, 1978). From 1979-1987 he served on the faculty of Southern Methodist University.

Since 1998, he is founder and Editor-in-chief of the literary publishing house Autumn House Press in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also teaches publishing in the Chatham University Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. Simms lives with his wife Eva, a psychologist, and their two children in the historic neighborhood of Mount Washington overlooking the city of Pittsburgh.



Poetry Collections

  • Black Stone (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Monkey Sea Editions, 2009)
  • The Happiness of Animals (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Monkey Sea Editions, 2006)
  • The Fire-eater (Dallas, Texas: Firewheel Press, 1989)
  • Migration (Portland, Oregon: Breitenbush Books, 1985)
  • Notes on Continuing Light (Des Moines: Blue Buildings, 1981)


  • Longman Dictionary of Poetic Terms (co-author with Jack Myers, New York: Longman, 1989)
  • Longman Dictionary and Handbook of Poetry, (co-author with Jack Myers, New York: Longman, 1985)

Anthologies Edited

  • O. Henry’s Texas Stories (co-editor with Marian McClintock, Dallas: Stillpoint Press, 1986)



Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2003. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000149473.

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