Blast Furnace is an independent literary publisher based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, still often referred to as the steel city.

Blast furnaces were utilized for smelting and refining industrial metals, generally iron, and were widely used in the creation of steel in the Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania region during the United States' 20th century industrial boom.

Mission & Values

Blast Furnace's mission is to publish refined poetry by "poets of place,” with themes deeply rooted in place.

We value poetry that is architecturally functional and distinctive on the page.

We value poetry that is stripped—burnt down—to its purest state, in both form and context.

We value brave poetry that takes risks and, therefore, resonates with a discriminating audience.

We value soulful poetry from the core—recited or read aloud—as it was originally intended.
Blast Furnace is pleased to present the launch of its first eChapbook, mixtape, featuring original poetry inspired by and about music, and written by Heather McNaugher, Bob Walicki, Carolyne Whelan, and Rebecca Clever.

You can purchase the eChapbook here for $8. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Braddock Carnegie Library, in Braddock, PA.

Once you purchase the eChapbook via credit card or PayPal, you will receive a confirmation email, and a subsequent email with the eChapbook file attached.

Additionally, to celebrate the launch, a FREE reading by the poets is slated for Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 7 to 9 PM at Eclipse Lounge in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. For more information, please contact

Thank you for your support of the Braddock library and Blast Furnace!
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