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Scholarly Publishing with Literary Flair


From Nobel laureates to MLA award-winning academicians, many talented and critically acclaimed authors have been published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Focusing mainly on scholarly subjects like history, composition, and the history and philosophy of science, the Pitt Press since 1936 has published titles related to Western Pennsylvania as well as special series in poetry, Latin American studies, and security.

Visit the Pitt Press Web site and watch videos of authors reading selected works.


The Press published Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer’s collection Windows & Stones in 1972. Transtromer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2011.

Read Transtromer’s bio at the Nobel Web site.

The Modern Language Association (MLA) awarded its 2011 Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize to Jane Stanley for her book The Rhetoric of Remediation, published by the Pitt Press.

Read about Stanley’s book.


Poet and Pitt professor Toi Derricotte’s memoir The Black Notebooks was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award in nonfiction. With Cornelius Eady, Derricotte cofounded the Cave Canem foundation to increase representation of African-American students in creative writing programs.

Each year, noted writers like Joan Didion and Pitt alumnus Michael Chabon serve as judges choosing the winner of the Press’s Drue Heinz Literature Prize, which recognizes excellence in short fiction. The Press’s Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize recognizes full-length books of poems.

In 2007, the Press partnered with Pitt’s University Library System to make many Press-published books available online as well as on paper.