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 2019 annual dinner will be held on March 7 at 583 Park Avenue in New York City. The Benefit Chair is Madeline McIntosh, chief executive officer of Penguin Random House. U.S.

The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards, which annually honor writers who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community, will be presented to Reginald Dwayne Betts, Neil Gaiman, and Roxana Robinson. The Editor’s Award, which recognizes book editors who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the publication of poetry or literary prose, will be presented to Dawn Davis of 37 Ink, an imprint of the Atria Publishing Group, a division of Simon & Schuster. Michael Cunningham will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

Read the 2019 Press Release

More About the 2019 Honorees


For more information, contact Rachel Schuder, Associate Director of Development & Marketing, at 212-226-3586 x201 or To purchase tables or tickets online using a credit card, click here


Read remarks by Rebecca Saletan, 2018 Editor's Award recipient

Honorees Richard Russo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Steve Cannon, Rebecca Saletan at the 2018 Annual Dinner. (Credit: Margarita Corporan)

Rebecca Saletan and Masha Gessen at the 2018 Annual Dinner. (Credit: Margarita Corporan)

Richard Russo, Susan Isaacs at the 2018 Annual Dinner. (Credit: Margarita Corporan)

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