The Academy of American Poets and Honorary Event Chair Rose Styron host a virtual gala celebrating the National Poetry Month.


Richard Blanco and Terrance Hayes (Masters of Ceremonies)

with honoree

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, 2022 Leadership Award Recipient

and readings from:

David Banks, Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education
Ishmael Beah
Rosanne Cash
Willem Dafoe
Claire Danes

Ann Dowd
Jack Gilpin
Gregory Gourdet
Bill T. Jones
Debra Monk
Dr. Saad Omer,
Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health
Shahzia Sikander
Sharon Van Etten

Click here to read the Poetry and the Creative Mind digital program


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Poetry and the Creative Mind

2022 Producers Circle

Executive Produced by

Lawrence Berger and Anouk Markovits
John and Susan Jackson
Tess O'Dwyer
Eunice Panetta
Andrew Schiff and Alexandra Wolfe Schiff
William Zabel and Deborah Miller Zabel

Produced by

Priscilla Bender
Penn and Diane Holsenbeck
Ian Kennedy
Eric Rayman

Associate Produced by

Bookstore1Sarasota and PoetryLife Festival
Margaret H. Douglas-Hamilton
Alexandra Jackson
Michael Jacobs and Sheridan Hay
Elizabeth Sobol
Eric and Elizabeth Warren