Opening Remarks

Kimiko Hahn

Sylvia” by Gerald Stern
Ode to the Whitman Line ‘When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d’” by Kimiko Hahn


Emily Igwike

my mother prepares ofe egusi” by Emily Igwike
It Bruises, Too” by Kwame Dawes

Daniel Dae Kim

Note to Self Work” by Beau Sia

Malala Yousafzai

"the poem is a dream telling you its time” by Marwa Helal

Alan Cumming

Broadway” by Mark Doty
Love Is Not All” (Sonnet XXX) by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Protest” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Andrew Bird

A Book of Music” by Jack Spicer
Mirabeau Bridge” by Guillaume Apollinaire
Original song, “Orpheo Looks Back”

A brief look at the 27 years of National Poetry Month and the Academy of American Poets featuring Richard Blanco.

Richard Blanco

When Giving is All We Have” by Alberto Ríos
Why I Needed To” by Richard Blanco

Ethan Hawke

As I Walked Out One Evening” by W. H. Auden

Shantell Martin

Flux” by Afaa Michael Weaver
from “Pink Waves” by Sawako Nakayasu

Molly Shannon

Why We Oppose Pockets for Women” by Alice Duer Miller
Naming the Heartbeats” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Eric Kim

The Dream of Knife, Fork, and Spoon” by Kimiko Hahn
A Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg


John Lithgow

Passers-by” by Carl Sandburg
sorrows” by Lucille Clifton

Liam Neeson

Scaffolding” by Seamus Heaney
Carbon Dating” by Billy Collins
Once in The 40’s” by William Stafford

Ada Limón

Trees at Night” by Helene Johnson
Salvage” by Ada Limón

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