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Since its inception in 1967, the Pitt Poetry Series has featured the work of some of America’s finest contemporary poets, including Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Ted Kooser, Denise Duhamel, Bob Hicok, and Pitt faculty members Toi Derricotte and Lynn Emanuel, among others.

Ochester, who has been editor of the series since 1978, told Poets & Writers, “I think one of the things that makes the Pitt Poetry Series different from just about every trade house now—and probably a number of university presses—is that we have open submissions. We do read everything that comes in over the transom.”

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How has the Pitt Poetry Series stayed relevant over the past forty years?
One of the things anybody would notice about the series is its enormous variety of style, of content, and even a great diversity in the background of the individual writers in terms of class, ethnicity, and so on. When I'm doing panels and people ask, "What are you looking for in a book?" the answer I usually give before I elaborate is "I'm looking for what I haven't seen before." I read a lot of manuscripts that are very well made, but that I think are kind of boring. And I read manuscripts I think are well done—but there's something else happening there—there really is electricity in them. Those are the ones I choose. I think one of the things that makes the Pitt Poetry Series different from just about every trade house now—and probably a number of university presses—is that we have open submissions. We do read everything that comes in over the transom.