Poets & Writers Live

Poets & Writers Live is a new initiative developed in response to interviews and discussions with writers from all over the country. When we asked what Poets & Writers could do to support their writing practice, time and again writers expressed a desire for a more tangible connection to other writers. So, we came up with a living, breathing version of what Poets & Writers already offers: Poets & Writers Live.

Next Event

Start the New Year off right: Renew your commitment to writing! Join us for a day-long event at San Francisco's Brava Theater Center as we consider many facets of creativity, community, and inspiration. We'll kick things off with a "poetry keynote" by Pulitzer Prize–winner and former U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan. A highlight of the program will be a multigenre, multimedia “inspiration experiment” featuring acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates.

Past Events

The third Poets & Writers Live event was held on October 25, 2014, at the Library of Congress and featured panel discussions with authors and editors from innovative independent publishers such as Graywolf Press, Algonquin Books, New Directions, Black Balloon Publishing, Rose Metal Press, Augury Books, and Gival Press, as well as advice about self-publishing opportunities, conversation about resources for writers in Washington, D.C., and a featured reading by award-winning author Charles D'Ambrosio.

What They're Saying

  • I learned a lot and I'm happy that I attended the event.

    Washington, D.C.: Independent Publishing audience member

  • I thought it was fabulous. The registration fee was a steal—and the professionalism of the panelists was excellent.

    Washington, D.C.: Independent Publishing audience member

  • Great dynamics among panel members! Good, candid insight into the murky publishing process.

    New York City: Agents audience member

  • Frank Bidart was amazing. He sustained an emotional energy that was very inspiring.

    New York City: Agents audience member

  • Satisfied? I was like a kid in a candy store!

    New York City: Agents audience member

  • It was an excellent way to bring some of the Poets & Writers articles and knowledge to life. I enjoyed it and eagerly await the next live event!

    Los Angeles: Inspiration audience member

  • Just being in the company of other writers—professional, published writers as well as those who are exploring—is motivating.

    Los Angeles: Inspiration audience member

  • I loved the candor, warmth, humor, and passion that wove through all the presentations.

    Los Angeles: Inspiration audience member

  • I found the personal stories of such accomplished writers to be inspiring and informative. The panelists were great role models.

    Los Angeles: Inspiration audience member

  • I’m right at the place where I need to start sending things out again.... The event gave me the push I need.

    Los Angeles: Inspiration audience member

Videos

Charles D'Ambrosio: Washington, D.C. 2014

Posted 11.26.14

Charles D'Ambrosio reads from his new collection of essays, Loitering: New and Collected Essays, published by Tin House Books in November, at the Poets & Writers Live event in Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2014. Introduction by Kevin Larimer.

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Elliot Figman, executive director of Poets & Writers, Inc., welcomes audience members to Poets & Writers Live and introduces Bonnie Marcus, director of the Readings & Workshops Program (East).

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From left: Jeffrey Blount, Anna Sproul-Latimer, and Debra Englander talk with audience members following the Savvy Self-Publisher panel.

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Poets & Writers Magazine associate editor Melissa Faliveno introduces the Indie Editor Roundtable.

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Andy Hunter, the publisher of Black Balloon Publishing, speaks about the relationships that small-press editors cultivate with their authors.

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Robert Giron of Gival Press speaks about independent publishing at the Library of Congress on October 25, 2014.

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An audience member reacts to comments made during the Indie Editor Roundtable.

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Kathleen Wheaton of Washington Writers' Publishing House listens to questions from the audience during the Indie Editor Roundtable.

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Audience members listen to the advice and insight of editors and authors at Poets & Writers Live in Washington, D.C.

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Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers, poses a question to panelists during the Authors & Editors Roundtable.

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Jeff Shotts (left), executive editor of Graywolf Press, speaks about the author-editor relationship with poet Jeffrey Yang, who is also an editor at New Directions.

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Chuck Adams (left), executive editor at Algonquin Books, talks about working with Amy Rowland, author of the novel The Transcriptionist.

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Sarah Browning, executive director of Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation & Witness, speaks about resources available to writers in Washington, D.C.

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Amy Rowland, author of the novel The Transcriptionist, discusses independent publishing at the Library of Congress on October 25, 2014.

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Poet Jeffrey Yang, who is also an editor at New Directions and New York Review Books, participates in the Editors & Authors Roundtable at the Library of Congress on October 25, 2014.

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Jeff Shotts, executive editor of Graywolf Press, answers a question during the Editors & Authors Roundtable.

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Featured author Charles D'Ambrosio reads from his new collection of essays, Loitering: New and Collected Essays, at Poets & Writers Live in Washington, D.C.

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Audience members listen to panelists discuss independent publishing at Poets & Writers Live in Washington, D.C.

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Audience members listen and take notes at the Library of Congress on October 25, 2014.

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Debut novelist Amy Rowland (left) speaks with an audience member during the literary mixer at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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Poets & Writers Live attendees enjoy wine and conversation during the Literary Mixer at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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Poets & Writers Live participants mingle during the Literary Mixer on October 25, 2014.

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Robert Giron, founder of Gival Press, chats with an audience member during the reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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Carlos Parada Ayala, the author of the poetry book La luz de la tormenta/The Light of the Storm (Zozobra Publishing, 2013) and coeditor of the anthology Al pie de la Casa Blanca: Poetas hispanos de Washington, D.C. (North American Academy of the Spanish Language, 2010), speaks about the importance of community in a writer's life.

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Self-published author Jeffrey Blount (left), Poets & Writers executive director Elliot Figman (center), and an audience member enjoy conversation at the Folger Shakespeare Library on October 25, 2014.

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Author Charles D'Ambrosio speaks with an audience member after his featured reading at Poets & Writers Live.

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Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers (left), speaks with Kelly Forsythe, director of publicity at Copper Canyon Press, at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

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Poets & Writers Live attendees chat during the reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

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Poets & Writers Live attendees share a laugh at the Literary Mixer on October 25, 2014.

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Audience members take notes during the third Poets & Writers Live event, held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2014.

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Three-time National Poetry Slam champion Regie Cabico talks about how various writing communities can support one another in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Poets & Writers Magazine contributor Debra Englander gives an overview of self-publishing options at the Library of Congress on October 25, 2014.

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Self-published author Jeffrey Blount (left) answers a question from an audience member as bookseller Bradley Graham of Politics & Prose listens as part of The Savvy Self-Publisher panel.

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Literary agent Anna Sproul-Latimer speaks about the opportunities available to independent authors as well as the challenges they face.

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Participants enjoy coffee, fruit, and pastries during a break at the Poets & Writers Live event on October 25, 2014, at the Library of Congress.

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Agents & Authors moderator Jofie Ferrari-Adler (far left) with panelists Michelle Tessler, Yelena Akhtiorskaya, Jim Rutman, and Mira Jacob.

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Agent Michelle Tessler (center) discusses the author-agent relationship with Simon & Schuster editor Jofie Ferrari-Adler (left) and author Yelena Akhtiorskaya.

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Debut author Yelena Akhtiorskaya (center) discusses the author-agent relationship with agents Michelle Tessler (left) and Jim Rutman. 

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Agent Jim Rutman of Sterling Lord Literistic (center) discusses the author-agent relationship with debut authors Yelena Akhtiorskaya (left) and Mira Jacob.

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Mira Jacob (right), author of the debut novel The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, discusses the author-agent relationship with agent Jim Rutman.

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Simon & Schuster editor Jofie Ferrari-Adler, who moderated the Agents & Authors panel with agents Michelle Tessler and Jim Rutman and debut authors Yelena Akhtiorskaya and Mira Jacob.

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Audience members listen to advice from literary agents during the Poets & Writers Live event on June 21, 2014, in New York City.

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Audience members listen to advice from literary agents during the Poets & Writers Live event on June 21, 2014, in New York City.

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Poet Edward Hirsch (left) talks about writing with fiction writer Tayari Jones during the Why We Write panel at the Poets & Writers Live event on June 21, 2014, in New York City.

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Fiction writer Tayari Jones (center) talks about why we write with poet Edward Hirsch (left) and fiction writer Victor LaValle.

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Fiction writer Victor LaValle (center) talks about why we write with moderator Kevin Larimer (far left), poet Edward Hirsch, and fiction writers Tayari Jones, Roxana Robinson, and Tiphanie Yanique.

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Tiphanie Yanique (right), author of the novel Land of Love and Drowning, talks about why she writes with novelist Roxana Robinson.

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Novelist Roxana Robinson (left) talks with audience members following the panel on Why We Write at the Poets & Writers Live event on June 21, 2014.

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Poet Edward Hirsch (right) speaks with an audience member following the Why We Write panel at the Poets & Writers Live event on June 21, 2014.

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Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers, introduces poet Frank Bidart at the Poets & Writers Live event on June 21, 2014.

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Poet Frank Bidart reads from his collection Metaphysical Dog at the Poets & Writers Live event on June 21, 2014.

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Poet Frank Bidart (left) and novelist William Giraldi field questions from the audience during a Q&A session following Bidart's poetry reading on June 21, 2014.

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Featured reader Dani Shapiro talks with an audience member following the inaugural Poets & Writers Live event in Los Angeles.

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Panelist Rick Lupert talks about opportunities for writers in Los Angeles.

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Panelist Ron Carlson talks about why he writes.

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Audience members talk during a break.

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Panelist Ron Carlson (left) talks with featured reader Dani Shapiro.

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Panelist Traci Kato-Kiriyama talks about opportunities for writers in Los Angeles.

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Why We Write panelists (from left) Ron Carlson, Harryette Mullen, Charles Yu, and Meghan Daum.

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Featured reader Dani Shapiro, author most recently of Still Reading: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life.

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Audience members talk during a break.

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Opportunities in LA panelists Traci Kato-Kiriyama (left) and Lauren Humphrey.

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Why We Write panelist Meghan Daum (right) talks with an audience member.

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Featured reader Dani Shapiro.

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Poets & Writers managing director Melissa Ford Gradel (right) talks with an audience member.

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From left: poet Harryette Mullen, Poets & Writers editor in chief Kevin Larimer, and fiction writer Charles Yu.

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Why We Write panelist Charles Yu (left) talks with Opportunities in LA panelist Traci Kato-Kiriyama.

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From left: former director of Poets & Writers’ California office and Readings/Workshops (West) Cheryl Klein with Opportunities in LA panelists Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Lauren Humphrey, Rick Lupert, and Terry Wolverton.

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Why We Write panelist Harryette Mullen.

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The inaugural Poets & Writers Live event was held at the literary arts center Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles.

Audio

Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers, leads a conversation with editors Jeff Shotts of Graywolf Press and Chuck Adams of Algonquin Books and authors Jeffrey Yang and Amy Rowland about what it means to be published by an independent press, the author-editor relationship, and how they work together to reach readers.