Poets & Writers Live: Inspiration was held from January 14, 2017, to January 15, 2017, at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco. The conference featured publishing panels, craft talks, readings, multimedia performances, and a book and magazine fair, as well as small-group sessions in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Ticketholders also received one free drink at a cocktail reception at the conference hotel on Saturday night. Participating writers included poets Jane Hirshfield, Joyce Lee, Ishmael Reed, Barbara Jane Reyes, Kay Ryan, Solmaz Sharif, C. Dale Young, Javier Zamora, and Matthew Zapruder; fiction writers Grant Faulkner, Jonathan Franzen, Bich Minh Nguyen, and Benjamin Percy; and nonfiction writers Sarah Manguso and Susan Orlean. U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera delivered the keynote. Participating publishing professionals included agents Anna Ghosh (Ghosh Literary), Jennifer March Soloway (Andrea Brown Literary Agency), and Danielle Svetcov (Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency); and editors Jordan Bass (McSweeney’s), Rusty Morrison (Omnidawn Publishing), Ethan Nosowsky (Graywolf Press), and Steve Wasserman (Heyday Books). The cost of the two-day conference was $175 before December 4 and $250 thereafter. Small-group sessions were available for an additional $25 each; space was limited. Registration began September 6 and was first come, first served. Lodging was available for a discounted rate until November 30 at the nearby Pier 2620 Hotel. E-mail or visit the website for more information.
Poets & Writers Live, Poets & Writers, Inc., 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004.