Each year during National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets presents a gala celebration of poetry's important place in our culture, and its impact on the lives of readers and artists working in other disciplines. The event—Poetry & the Creative Mind— takes place at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and features leading and legendary actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures on one stage sharing their favorite poems. Honored Readers have included Uzo Aduba, Sam Beam, Gabriel Byrne, Wayne Brady, Glenn Close, Claire Danes, Tina Fey, Terrance Howard, Holly Hunter, Bill T. Jones, Kevin Kline, Maya Lin, Amanda Palmer, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Sting, Carrie Mae Weems, Vanessa Williams, Uma Thurman, and Meryl Streep.
The always inspiring evening benefits the K-12 Education Program of the Academy of American Poets, including resources for teachers
on Poets.org, the Dear Poet project, and materials created and distributed to 100,000 libraries and classrooms for National Poetry Month
The 18th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
In 2019, the event included readings of favorite poems by the Emmy Award-winning journalist Ann Curry; musician from the Magnetic Fields Stephin Merritt; James Beard Award-winning chef Daniel Rose; artist Toyin Ojih Odutola; actors Ellen Burstyn and Josh Charles; philanthropist David Rockefeller Jr.; Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall; Tony Award-winning dancer Savion Glover; Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoirist, poet, and President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Elizabeth Alexander; and other special guests.
The VIP after-party included the presentation of the inaugural Academy of American Poets Leadership Awards to Andrews McMeel Publishing, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Eunice Panetta, and Sonia Sanchez.
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