Poetry & the Creative Mind 2015


On April 15, 2015, the Academy of American Poets presented its thirteenth annual Poetry & the Creative Mind celebratory reading at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. 

The evening began with a reading from Ashley Gong, a participant in the National Student Poets program, and included musical performances from Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, and Kris Kristofferson.

Special guest readers included:

Sam BeamJulie Mehretu
Nick CannonGloria Steinem
Holly HunterVanessa Williams
Judith JamisonDebra Winger
Kris Kirstofferson 
Anita Lo 

... with master of ceremonies Chip Kidd


Poems Read at the 2015 Gala

Ashley Gong
"Preamble” by Ashley Gong

Holly Hunter
"Untitled" by Kabir
“Diner" by Louis Jenkins
“If I Wanted a Boat” by Mary Oliver

Judith Jamison
“Tomorrow” by David Budbill
“Dancing Adairs” by Conrad Aiken
“Wait” by Galway Kinnell

Nick Cannon
“Dreams” by Langston Hughes
“Jackrabbits, Green Onions & Witches Stew” by Juan Felipe Herrera
“Watch the Film You Paid to See” by Todd Colby

Anita Lo
“Artichoke” by Richard Foerster
“Fruit Cocktail in Light Syrup” by Amy Gerstler
“Eating the Bones” by Ellen Bass

Sam Beam
“Why I Am a Poet” by William Stafford

Debra Winger
“Freak-Out” by Lucia Perillo
“Dishwater” by Ted Kooser

Julie Mehretu
“Just the Wind for a Sound, Softly” by Carl Phillips
“Night Watch” by Anna Swir (trans. by Piotr Florczyk)
“5 A.M.” by Allen Ginsberg

Gloria Steinem
“The low road” by Marge Piercy
“New Face” by Alice Walker
“A Worm of Robins” by Robin Morgan

Vanessa Williams
“'What Do Women Want?’” by Kim Addonizio
“Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou