Join us for the encore of Poetry & the Creative Mind—poetry’s biggest night in!

This signature reading and fundraiser was the closing celebration of National Poetry Month on the Academy’s ninetieth anniversary.

Images of readers featured during Poetry & the Creative Mind

The virtual broadcast featured leading and legendary actors, artists, dancers, musicians, and other notable public figures sharing poems with viewers from small towns and big cities throughout the United States and the world.

Readers featured in Poetry & the Creative Mind

Poetry & the Creative Mind raises funds in support of the Academy of American Poets educational programs, which serve over 100,000 K–12 students each year.

The event is free and open to all, but please consider a donation in support of this work. Donors making a contribution of $59 and up will receive our exclusive Read More Poems tote bag.



Producers Circle donors contribute at a higher level to the event in support of the Academy and receive special benefits in thanks.

Access the event program

Poetry & the Creative Mind supports the Academy’s free educational programs serving over 40,000 K-12 teachers, providing resources, professional development opportunities, and even free books for kids!

Access to literature matters more than ever. Be part of a global event championing the power words.

Thank you to all our donors, including our Producers Circle individuals and sponsors. 

Since this event began in 2003, readers have included, among others, Uzo Aduba, Willem Dafoe, Claire Danes, Ethan Hawke, Terrance Howard, Bill T. Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Liam Neeson, Susan-Lori Parks, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Uma Thurman, Dianne Wiest, Carrie Mae Weems, Malala Yousafzai, as well as frequent Honorary Event Co-chair Meryl Streep.