Poetry & the Creative Mind

Cécile McLorin Salvant at Poetry & the Creative Mind 2017
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Each year during National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets presents a gala celebration of poetry's important place in our culture, and its impact on the lives of readers and artists working in other disciplines. The event—Poetry & the Creative Mind— takes place at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and features leading and legendary actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures on one stage sharing their favorite poems. Honored Readers have included Uzo Aduba, Sam Beam, Gabriel Byrne, Wayne Brady, Glenn Close, Clare Danes, Tina Fey, Terrance Howard, Holly Hunter, Bill T. Jones, Kevin Kline, Maya Lin, Amanda Palmer, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Sting, Carrie Mae Weems, Vanessa Williams, and Meryl Streep. 

The always inspiring evening benefits the K-12 Education Program of the Academy of American Poets, including resources for teachers on Poets.org, the Dear Poet project, and materials created and distributed to 100,000 libraries and classrooms for National Poetry Month. The evening is made possible in part by ABRAMS, AB BernsteinBarnes & Noble, JetBlue, Madison ReedTroutman Sanders, our media partner WQXR, and many other generous sponsors and donors. 
The 16th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind will take place on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. General admission seats are available through the Alice Tully Hall box office. VIP tickets, including a special dinner reception after the reading with the evening's readers and honorary poet hosts, are available here.

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