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

This day-long event will feature agents, editors, and authors engaged in panel discussions and conversation about how to sustain the writing life, the many reasons why we write, the author-agent relationship, and how agents and editors work together on behalf of writers. You'll also enjoy a featured reading and plenty of opportunities to network and get to know your fellow writers—including a cocktail reception at the end of the day.

Past Events

The inaugural Poets & Writers Live event was held on January 11, 2014, at the literary arts center Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles, and included a talk on publishing, a panel discussion about resources for writers who live in Los Angeles, a conversation about why we write, a featured reading by Dani Shapiro, and a literary mixer where participants shared advice and inspiration.

What They're Saying

  • 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

  • The morning after the event I wrote more than ever.

    Los Angeles: Inspiration audience member

Videos

Highlights: Los Angeles 2014

Posted 3.19.14

The inaugural Poets & Writers Live event, held at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles on January 11, 2014, featured advice and inspiration from authors Harryette Mullen, Ron Carlson, Dani Shapiro, Terry Wolverton, Lauren Humphrey, Meghan Daum, Charles Yu, and others.

Photos

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Credit: Stephanie Diani

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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Credit: Stephanie Diani

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

Audio

Dani Shapiro is the author of five novels and three memoirs, including most recently Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, published last October by Atlantic Monthly Press. With an introduction from Poets & Writers managing director Melissa Ford Gradel at the first Poets & Writers Live event this past January in Los Angeles, Shapiro reads from her new book and discusses what it means to write, and to keep writing.