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About Frederick T. Courtright and The Permissions Company, LLC

Fred Courtright has worked in the copyright permissions field for more than thirty years. Before starting The Permissions Company in 1997, he held the position of Permissions Manager at W. W. Norton & Company and Permissions Coordinator at Macmillan Publishing Company.

The Permissions Company, LLC is located in Coral Springs, Florida. We conduct most of our business electronically or by phone, but we are also available to meet with you via Skype or other video conferencing.

Permissions granting

We currently administer rights for the following publishers, estates, and agents:

3: A Taos Press
Ahsahta Press
Alice James Books
Allbook Books
Ausable Press (now part of Copper Canyon Press)
Autumn House Press
Black Ocean
Bellevue Literary Press
BOA Editions, Ltd.
Carnegie Mellon University Press
CavanKerry Press
City Lights Books
Coffee House Press
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Confluence Press
Copper Canyon Press
The Crossroad Publishing Company
Etruscan Press
Fence Books
The Feminist Press
Finishing Line Press
Four Way Books
Futurepoem Books
George Braziller Inc., Publishers
Graywolf Press
Green Integer Books/Sun & Moon Press
Holy Cow! Press
Health Communications, Inc. including Counselor Magazine
Marick Press
Neshama Press
New Rivers Press
Nightboat Books
Oberlin College Press
Persea Books
Perugia Press
Red Hen Press
Sarabande Books
Seven Stories Press
Shambhala Publications, including Roost Books
Snow Lion Publications (now part of Shambhala Publications)
Sounds True, Inc.
Station Hill Press
Starcherone Books
Tavern Books
Texas Tech University Press
Tiger Bark Press (including Middlepoint Press)
Tupelo Press
University of Arkansas Press
University of Iowa Press (translation queries only)
Verse Press/Wave Books
West End Press
White Pine Press
Zephyr Press

Literary Estates
Estate of Paula Gunn Allen
Estate of Craig Arnold
Estate of Brian Doyle
Estate of Robert Creeley
Literary Trust of David Graham Du Bois/Estate of W. E. B. Du Bois
Estate of Angel Flores
The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society
Katherine Anne Porter Literary Trust
Estate of Louis Simpson
Estate of Patricia Clark Smith
Estate of W. D. Snodgrass
Estate of William Stafford
Estate of Melvin B. Tolson
Estate of Aldren Watson

Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency
Chris Calhoun Literary Agency

The Permissions Company, Inc. grants permissions on behalf of a number of individual authors, including:
Charles Bernstein
Martín Espada
Kjell Espmark
Annie Finch
Linda Hogan
Aurora Levins Morales
David Ray
Warsan Shire
Kim Stafford
Chase Twichell, and many others.

Former clients
Firebrand Books: Note: Firebrand ceased publication and rights were returned automatically to the authors/estates.
Hachette Book Group (including Grand Central Publishing, Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Books, Warner Books, Hyperion (adult titles only), Yen Press, Orbit, Faith Words, Voice, Black Dog & Leventhal, and Center Street). Note: We no longer administer rights for Hachette or for books published by the Perseus Books Group--please see here:
Howard University Press: Note: HUP ceased publication, and rights are now with the various authors and estates
Paris Press: Note: Paris Press was recently purchased by Wesleyan University Press

Literary Executor
Fred Courtright acts as Executor to a number of writers (most still living!), including Gary Gach, Mariela Griffor, Clyde Watson, Stephanie Strickland, and others.

Permissions seeking
The Permissions Company has completed permissions seeking projects for the following textbook publishers:
Academic Press
Bedford/St. Martin's
Houghton Mifflin Company
Pearson Education (including Prentice-Hall, Longman, and Allyn & Bacon)
Lanahan Books
McGraw-Hill, Inc.
Worth Publishers
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Other publishers for whom we have recently obtained permissions include:
Penguin Random House
Little, Brown and Company
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
W. W. Norton & Company Inc.
Yale University Press
Contemporary Books
Farrar Straus & Giroux
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
HarperCollins Publishers
Health Communications, Inc.
Spotlight/Simon & Schuster, Inc.
The Free Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Warner Books

References are available upon request.