Annual Dinner

In Celebration of Writers

Each year, Poets & Writers gathers people from every aspect of the book business—authors, editors, agents, publishers, designers, printers, paper companies, booksellers, and more—to celebrate the enormous contributions that writers make to our culture. The annual dinner, called In Celebration of Writers, is attended by luminaries in the arts, publishing, and media. It is the organization’s most important annual fundraising event, making our programs and resources for creative writers possible.

The 2016 dinner will be held on March 22 at 583 Park Avenue. The 2016 Benefit Chair is Brian Murray, CEO of HarperCollins.

The Editor’s Award, which recognizes a book editor who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the publication of poetry or literary prose, will be presented to Paul Slovak. The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards, which annually honor writers who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community, will be presented to Elizabeth George, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Christopher Soto, Javier Zamora, Erin Belieu, Cate Marvin, and Ann Townsend. Read more about the honorees here.

If you'd like additional information or to purchase tickets, contact Rachel Schuder, Assistant Director of Development & Marketing, at 212-226-3586 x201

2015 Honorees

Epler and Howe

Top (from left): Markus Dohle, Margaret Atwood, Malgolm Gladwell, Christopher Castellani, and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor at the 2015 Annual Dinner.
Bottom (from left): Poet Susan Howe with her editor, Barbara Epler, recipient of the 2015 Editor's Award.
Photos: Margarita Corporan.  

View more photos of the 2015 Annual Dinner.