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In Celebration of Writers

The Numbers Behind
the Poets & Writers Benefit
Number of years
the benefit has
been held: 21
Number of guests
at this year’s
dinner: 442
Number of authors
who served
as table hosts: 40
Number of additional
guests at the
after party: 132
Dollars raised:

Poets & Writers New York City Staff

Nearly 450 book-industry professionals, including agents, editors, publishers, printers, distributors—and, of course, readers!—joined to celebrate writers at the annual Poets & Writers benefit dinner, held on March 2 at Capitale in New York City. The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award was presented to Maria Mazziotti Gillan, John Grisham, and Elizabeth Nunez. Established in 1996, the Writers for Writers Award recognizes authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. Honorees are nominated by past winners, other prominent writers, and the board of directors of Poets & Writers. The award is named for Barnes & Noble in appreciation of its extraordinary support of Poets & Writers. In addition, Jonathan Galassi, the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, received the 2011 Editor’s Award, which recognizes a book editor who has made an outstanding contribution to the publication of poetry or literary prose over a sustained period of time. Among the speakers at the event was Erica Jong, who spoke movingly of her involvement with Poets & Writers since its founding in 1970. Leadership for the dinner was provided by benefit chair Michael Morrison, president and publisher of HarperCollins U.S. General Books and Canada, and the event raised a record-breaking $480,000. Proceeds support Poets & Writers’ programs for writers, including Readings/Workshops, the Writers Exchange Award, and its Web site,

Credit: Christopher Smith