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 2015 dinner was held on March 23 at Pier Sixty in NYC. The Dinner Chair was Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House. The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards, which annually honor writers who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community, were presented to Margaret Atwood, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and Christopher Castellani. 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, was resented to Barbara Epler. Malcolm Gladwell served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies.   

2015 Honorees

Epler and Howe

Top (from left): Markus Dohle, Margaret Atwood, Malgolm Gladwell, Christopher Castellani, and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor.
Bottom (from left): Susan Howe and Barbara Epler.
Photos: Margarita Corporan.  

View more photos of the 2015 Annual Dinner.

Read more about the 2015 honorees. 

Read the 2015 press release.


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View photos of the 2014 dinner.