On April 20, 2010, the Academy of American Poets held its 8th annual benefit, Poetry & The Creative Mind, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Noted actors, musicians, writers, and visual artists participated in this extraordinary evening celebrating the role of contemporary poetry in American culture. Poetry & the Creative Mind celebrates National Poetry Month, established by the Academy in 1996 and now the largest literary celebration in the world.
Our special guest readers were Meryl Streep, Sting, Theodore Sorensen, Julian Schnabel, Jhumpa Lahiri, Matt Dillon, Alan Cumming, Rosanne Cash, Gabriel Byrne, and Frank Bidart, and they read work by poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, Charles Bukowski,Pablo Neruda, Lorine Niedecker, Philip Larkin, andW. B. Yeats.