Settlement House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit independent book publisher founded in 2007. We take our name from the settlement houses of the late 19th and 20th centuries that provided community through their social and cultural support and services to the urban poor and immigrant populations. We think of ourselves as a home for some of the fine—and frequently disparate—poetic voices deserving of readership but often ignored in publishing today. Specifically, our Settlement House American Poetry Prize acknowledges the importance of the immigrant legacy and its potential as a force for social justice, tolerance and goodwill in the United States.
Our mission is to publish poetry that is a haven for others and a place where all who enter can find clarity and wonder. We also seek to build an audience for the good work of the writers we publish, some of whom you might already know and others whose voices until now have been mostly unheard.