Poetry & the Creative Mind 2013

On April 17, 2013, the Academy of American Poets held its 11th annual benefit reading, Poetry & the Creative Mind, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Noted actors, musicians, journalists, and artists participated in this extraordinary evening celebrating poetry's vital place in American culture. The reading celebrates and raises funds to support National Poetry Month, established by the Academy in 1996 and now the largest literary celebration in the world.

Special guest readers were Jad Abumrad, Mario Batali, Dick Cavett, Patricia Clarkson, Tyne Daly, Jake Gyllenhaall, Glen Hansard, National Student Poet Claire Lee, Stew, Rose Styron, Amber Tamblyn, and Kathleen Turner. Calvin Trillin served as master of ceremonies.


Opening Remarks
Calvin Trillin, Master of Ceremonies
Jennifer Benka, Executive Director
Eunice J. Panetta, Chairman of the Board

Claire Lee
Natasha TretheweyVespertina Cognitio
Claire Lee, Solubility Rules

Rose Styron
Emily DickinsonTo make a prairie (1755)
Jorie GrahamSundown

Dick Cavett
Philip Larkin, Aubade
Robert Frost, Provide, Provide

Tyne Daly
Jean ValentineLa Chalupa, the Boat
Edna St. Vincent MillayLove is Not All (Sonnet XXX)
Stanley Kunitz, The Round

Amber Tamblyn
Jeffrey McDaniel, The Quiet World
Jack Hirschman, Path

John Berryman, A Professor's Song
Gerard Manley HopkinsSpring and Fall
Kenneth Koch, You Want a Social Life, with Friends

Mario Batali
Joy Harjo, Perhaps the World Ends Here
Jim Harrison, Cold August
Tony Hoagland, When Dean Young Talks About Wine
Jim Harrison, Twilight

Patricia Clarkson
Howard Altmann, Quarters
Howard Altmann, Island
Howard Altmann, Eating Strawberries

Jad Abumrad
Fanny Howe, Veteran
Franz Wright, Publication Date

Kathleen Turner
Walt WhitmanOn the Beach at Night Alone
Lucille Cliftonblessing the boats
Langston Hughes, In Time of Silver Rain

Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary Oliver, Wild Geese
Frank O'HaraAve Maria

Glen Hansard
Leonard Cohen, How to Speak Poetry
Patrick Kavanagh, On Raglan Road