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—is held 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.
The always inspiring evening is a benefit that raises funds to support the educational programs of the Academy of American Poets, including resources for teachers
on Poets.org, the Dear Poet project for K-12 students, and materials created and distributed to 125,000 libraries and classrooms for National Poetry Month
, which was established by the Academy in 1996 and is now the largest literary celebration in the world.
The 14th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind gala took place on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The evening's program featured the following readers:
Elizabeth Alexander (Master of Ceremonies)
Eileen Huang (National Student Poets Program)
Bill T. Jones
with special guest musicians:
Carla Dirlikov Canales, Vocalist
David Krakauer, Clarinet
In addition to the readers, the following award-winning poets will served as honorary hosts of the VIP reception:
Sophie Cabot Black
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Craig Morgan Teicher