Poetry & the Creative Mind

Gloria Steinem, Poetry & the Creative Mind, 2015
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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—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)
Lesley Dill
Mohammed Fairouz
Eileen Huang (National Student Poets Program)
Bill T. Jones
Maria Popova
Ruth Reichl
Amy Ryan
Paul Simon
Regina Spektor
Matthew Weiner
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:
 
Catherine Barnett
Sophie Cabot Black
Mahogany Browne
Mark Doty
Jorie Graham
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Kimiko Hahn
Marie Howe
Saeed Jones
Yusef Komunyakaa
Deborah Landau
Joseph Legaspi
Carol Muske-Dukes
Alicia Ostriker
Ron Padgett
Gregory Pardlo
Sonia Sanchez
Vijay Seshadri
Susan Stewart
Craig Morgan Teicher
Anne Waldman