New York, NY (March 23, 2023)—Academy Award-nominated actors Liam NeesonEthan Hawke, and Rosie Perez; Nobel Peace Prize laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai; award-winning actors Alan Cumming and Daniel Dae Kim; actor, comedian, and author of the memoir Hello, Molly! Molly Shannon; indie rock multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Andrew BirdNew York Times cooking columnist and author of the New York Times-bestselling Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home Eric Kim; award-winning visual artist Shantell Martin; U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón; National Humanities Medalist and Academy of American Poets Education Ambassador Richard Blanco; Academy of American Poets Chancellor and award-winning poet Kimiko Hahn; and National Student Poet Emily Igwike will perform poems at the 20th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind on April 26, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. 

Poetry & the Creative Mind is organized by the Academy of American Poets, the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry, as a National Poetry Month celebration every April. 

The event promotes our country’s rich poetic legacy and raises critical funds for the organization’s award-winning K–12 Education Program, which includes free lesson plans for teachers on—the world’s largest publicly-funded website for poets and poetry—and a special writing project for thousands of students. The benefit has raised more than 3.2 million dollars total over nineteen years for the Academy of American Poets Education Program. 

Registration is free and open to the public: All proceeds support the Academy’s Education Program. 

The evening is made possible in part by ABRAMSPenguin Random House, and W. W. Norton & Company.

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About the Academy of American Poets

Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry with supporters in all fifty states and beyond. The organization annually awards $1.3+ million to more than two hundred poets at various stages of their careers through its prize and fellowship programs. The organization also produces, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; established and organizes National Poetry Month each April; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; provides free resources to K–12 educators, including the award-winning weekly Teach This Poem series; hosts an annual series of poetry readings, and special events; and coordinates a national Poetry Coalition that promotes the value poets bring to our culture. To learn more about the Academy of American Poets, including its staff, its Board of Directors, and its Board of Chancellors, visit: