Annual Dinner

Fifty & Forward 

Poets & Writers’ 50th Anniversary Gala on March 16 has been canceled. We’re sorely disappointed, but made this decision out of a concern for the health and safety of our staff and guests. If you have questions, please contact

Donate or fulfill your pledge to the gala here.


Honorees Oprah Winfrey, Michael Chabon, and Amanda Gorman; Master of Ceremonies Tayari Jones.
(Credits, from left to right: Harpo, Inc./Ruven Afanador, courtesy of the author, Stephanie Mitchell, Nina Subin.)

Oprah Winfrey is the recipient of the Leadership Award. The 2020 winners of the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, which annually honor writers who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community, are Michael Chabon and Amanda Gorman.

Please celebrate our 50th Anniversary with us by watching the short animated film linked above.

Many thanks to our generous supporters.

Premier Underwriters:

Lead Underwriter:



Anonymous Content
Audible, Inc.
David Baldacci
Dan Brown
Lee Child
Michael Connelly
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP
Jane Friedman, The Literary Studio
Malcolm Gladwell
Horizon Paper Co., Inc.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ICM Partners
Laurence Kirshbaum/LJK Literary Inc.
LSC Communications
Malcolm Gladwell
Mazars USA LLP
Madeline McIntosh and Chris Pavone
NPD BookScan
Nora Roberts
Stacy Schiff and Marc de La Bruyère
Randy Siegel
Scott Turow
Yen Press

3000 Pictures
Algonquin Books, a division of Workman Publishing
Julie Barer, The Book Group
Judith B. Bass
Ilaria Bulgari
Maria B. Campbell Associates Inc.
Chronicle Books
Andrew Cohen
Celia H. Currin
Lawrence J. Duffy, LJ Duffy Inc.
Judith R. Ehrlich
Fay & Tung Associates, LLC
Jeffrey and Cindy Fazio
Ella and Elliot Figman
Heidi S. Fiske
Arthur Fleischer, Jr.
Frankfurt Kurnit
Jonathan Franzen
GAVS Technologies
Yfat Reiss Gendell & Foundry
Literary + Media
The Gernert Company
Lynn C. Goldberg
Laura Gross
Grove Atlantic
Robert & Mary Haft Foundation, Inc.
Hello Sunshine
John and Sally Henry
Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Ellen and Lawrence Joseph
JP Gould
Willys Schneider Kals
Jack Levy, Morrison Cohen LLP
The MacDowell Colony
Devon and Daniel MacEachron
Helen and Frank Macioce
Brad Meltzer
Sandi Mendelson
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.
Open Road Integrated Media
Plan A Advisors
Douglas Preston
Amy Rhodes, Market Partners International
Kim Schefler
JoAnn Secor
Lorraine W. Shanley, Market Partners International
Temple Hill LLC
Paul Vidich and Linda Stein
W. W. Norton & Company
Warner Bros. Television Group
Nancy M. Williams
Willis Towers Watson

Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
Arlene Figman Cronk and Randy Cronk
Brian DeFiore
Nelson DeMille
Gelfman Schneider ICM Partners
The Joy Harris Literary Agency, Inc.
Imago Group
Barbara Marcus
Markley Group
Robin B. Smith
Renée Zuckerbrot/Massie & McQuilkin

Miriam Altshuler, Defiore and Company
The Cheney Agency
Peter DeGiglio
Great Ink, In Honor of Michael Pietsch
Stephen K. Haber
Yan Klats
Mast Circulation Group, Inc.
James Richardson
Rose H. Schwartz
Jill Spalding
Galen Williams

Special Thanks:
Poets & Writers extends special thanks to the following for their assistance: Michael Pietsch, Eve Rabinovits, and the staff at Hachette Book Group; Tayari Jones; Susan Isaacs; Nectar Literary; Plan A Advisors; and Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, and Simon & Schuster, Inc., for gift bag donations. We also thank the vendors who work with us to produce the annual dinner, including event consultant Stephanie Thomas of Stetwin Consulting; Kern Design; Nova Offset; Margarita Corporan Photography; and the staff at Pier Sixty.

Read the 2020 Press Release

More About the 2020 Honorees

Support Poets & Writers by Becoming a Friend