Each year during National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets presents a signature celebration of poetry's important place in our culture and its impact on the lives of readers. Poetry & the Creative Mind features leading and legendary actors, artists, dancers, musicians, chefs, and other notable public figures sharing their favorite poems.
On April 28, 2022, the 19th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind was exclusively presented online, making it available to poetry readers and lovers everywhere. The event raised over $225,000 in support of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets Education Program, and other programs and publications. Award-winning featured readers included Rosanne Cash, Claire Danes, Willem Dafoe, Bill T. Jones, Shahzia Sikander, and Sharon Van Etten. The full line-up 2022 readers is available here.
Past readers have included Uzo Aduba, Sam Beam, Wayne Brady, Glenn Close, Claire Danes, Tina Fey, Terrance Howard, Bill T. Jones, Maya Lin, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Uma Thurman, and Carrie Mae Weems, as well as frequent Honorary Event Co-chair Meryl Streep.
This always-inspiring evening benefits the K–12 Education Program of the Academy of American Poets, which reaches more than 100,000 students each year with resources on Poets.org, the Dear Poet project, and materials created for National Poetry Month.
Poetry & the Creative Mind is made possible each year thanks to the support of individuals and the event’s corporate sponsors, including the publishers and companies helping to champion poetry and expand its readership of all ages as part of The Publishers Circle and The Young Readers Circle.