Opening Remarks

Terrance Hayes

American Sonnet for the New Year” by Terrance Hayes
I Have Folded My Sorrows” by Bob Kaufman

Honored Readers

Debra Monk

Beans” by Mary Oliver
“The Dog Has Run Off Again” by Mary Oliver
Purism” by Vona Groarke

Dr. Saad Omer

Dear March—Come In—” by Emily Dickinson
Spring and All [By the road to the contagious hospital]” by William Carlos Williams

Rosanne Cash

Noisetone” by Barbara Guest
I Sing What You Loved” by Gabriela Mistral, translated by Ursula K. Le Guin

Jack Gilpin

In the Library” by Charles Simic
It Happens Like This” by James Tate

David Banks

Poetry” by Monica Ferrell
My First Memory (of Librarians)” by Nikki Giovanni

A brief look at the 26 years of National Poetry Month and the Academy of American Poets featuring Richard Blanco and Jen Benka.

Richard Blanco

One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII (I don’t love you as if you were a rose)” by Pablo Neruda, translated by Mark Eisner
Mother Country” by Richard Blanco

Ann Dowd

Looking Back in My Eighty-First Year” by Maxine Kumin
Kristin's Dream in November” by Bernadette Mayer

Gregory Gourdet

Artless” by Brenda Shaughnessy

Shahzia Sikander

Poem Full of Worry Ending with My Birth” by Tarfia Faizullah
Deception Story” by Solmaz Sharif

Ishmael Beah

We Were” by Anna Maria Hong
Thanks” Yusef Komunyakaa

Board Chair Tess O’Dwyer presents the 2022 Academy of American Poets Leadership Award to Joy Harjo, in recognition of her important contributions to American poetry.

Joy Harjo

Eagle Poem” by Joy Harjo
Diving into the Wreck” by Adrienne Rich

Bill T. Jones

Dark” by Jericho Brown
Heart of Darkness” by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
“Good Food” by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Sharon Van Etten

9th and 2nd” by Joy Ladin
If I Should Come Upon Your House Lonely in the West Texas Desert” by Natalie Diaz
Serenade” by Djuna Barnes


Willem Dafoe

“Bresson’s Movies” by Robert Creeley
“The Flames” by Denis Johnson

Claire Danes

Hurry” by Marie Howe
Counting, This New Year’s Morning, What Powers Yet Remain To Me” Jane Hirshfield

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