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

Join us for a day-long event featuring editors and authors from innovative independent publishing houses as well as advice and conversations about self-publishing opportunities. Check back soon for more details. If you’d like to make a suggestion for a future Poets & Writers Live event, e-mail us at .

Past Events

The second Poets & Writers Live event was held on June 21, 2014, at Scandinavia House in New York City, and featured 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. The day-long event concluded with a reading by award-winning poet Frank Bidart followed by a cocktail reception where writers networked and discussed the day's program.

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

Agents & Authors: New York City 2014

Posted 7.14.14

Jofie Ferrari-Adler, a senior editor at Simon & Schuster, leads a conversation with debut authors Mira Jacob and Yelena Akhtiorskaya and agents Jim Rutman of Sterling Lord Literistic and Michelle Tessler of Tessler Literary Agency about the author-agent relationship at the second Poets & Writers Live event this past June in New York City.

Photos

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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

Frank Bidart reads from his most recent poetry collection, Metaphysical Dog (FSG, 2013), then discusses his work with novelist William Giraldi, at the Poets & Writers Live event on June 21, 2014, in New York City. Introduction by Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers.