On April 29, 2021, the Academy of American Poets hosted the 18th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind gala, presented virtually for the first time. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month—an annual occasion launched by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate poetry’s important place in our culture and its impact on the lives of readers. The financial support we received that evening continues to help the Academy publish poems, champion poets, and supply educators with free resources and activities that enable them to share poetry with their students.
“The Future is an Animal” by Tina Chang
“White Sands” by Arthur Sze
A brief look at the 25 years of National Poetry Month and the Academy of American Poets featuring Joy Harjo and Richard Blanco.
“It Is Maybe Time to Admit That Michael Jordan Definitely Pushed Off,” by Hanif Abdurraqib.
Board Chairman Michael Jacobs presents the 2021 Academy of American Poets Leadership Award to Jonathan Galassi, in recognition of his important role in launching National Poetry Month, and for contributions to poetry in the field of publishing.
“Eve Remembering” by Toni Morrison.
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