Poetry & the Creative Mind

Each year during National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets presents a special celebration of poetry's important place in our culture and its impact on the lives of readers and artists working in other disciplines.

On April 29, to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of National Poetry Month, join us for the 18th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind at 7:30 pm EST. The event, typically held in person in New York City, will be presented virtually for the first time ever, making it available to poetry readers and lovers everywhere.
Poetry & the Creative Mind features leading and legendary actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures sharing their favorite poems. 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.