Madeline McIntosh Chairs Poets & Writers Gala That Sets Fundraising Record
Madeline McIntosh was the Benefit Chair of last night’s Poets & Writers gala in Manhattan. This annual event, celebrating America’s largest nonprofit service organization dedicated to fostering the professional development of poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers, brought together people from across the book industry, and raised a record $750,000.
Thanking everyone at the dinner for their donations, Madeline said, “We live in a time when there are newly urgent causes desperately needing our support every day. In that context, I know making room to support the arts is harder than ever. But it is exactly times like these when we need to do all we can to support new and emerging creative voices.”
Madeline also noted Poets & Writers’ “extraordinarily wide and deep set of programs that provide meaningful support to writers, particularly those in the earliest stages of their careers” while expressing admiration for the “low-key and humble approach” that the organization takes to the noble and meaningful work it does every day.
Random House author Michael Cunningham served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which honored authors Reginald Dwayne Betts, Neil Gaiman and Roxanna Robinson with the “Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award,” and Dawn Davis, Vice President & Publisher of 37 Ink, with the “Editor’s Award.”