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 2017 annual dinner was held on March 8 at 583 Park Avenue. The 2017 Benefit Chair was Shawn Morin, CEO and President of Ingram Content Group. Jane Alexander served as Master of Ceremonies.

The Editor’s Award, which recognizes book editors who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the publication of poetry or literary prose, was presented to Fiona McCrae and Jeff Shotts of Graywolf Press. 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 Francisco GoldmanAnn Patchett, and Richard Shelton.

Read the 2017 Press Release

More About the 2017 Honorees

For more information or to be placed on the mailing list for the 2018 Annual Dinner, contact Rachel Schuder, Assistant Director of Development & Marketing, at 212-226-3586 x201 or

2017 Editor's Award recipients Jeff Shotts (left) and Fiona McCrae (right) with poet Vijay Seshadri (center)
(credit: Margarita Corporan)


From left: Richard Shelton, Ann Patchett, Jane Alexander, and Francisco Goldman
(credit: Margarita Corporan)

Photos of the 2016 Annual Dinner