Poetry & the Creative Mind 2016


On April 27, 2016, the Academy of American Poets presented its fourteenth annual Poetry & the Creative Mind reading at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, commemorating the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month. 

The evening began with a reading from award-winning poet and memoirist Elizabeth Alexander, who served as the event's master of ceremonies, and Eileen Huang, a participant in the National Student Poets program, and featured musical performances by Paul Simon and musicians David Krakauer and Carla Dirlikov, who performed a piece by the composer Mohammed Fairouz.

Special guest readers included:

Elizabeth Alexander       Amy Ryan
Lesley Dill   Paul Simon
Mohammed Fairouz   Regina Spektor
Bill T. JonesMatthew Weiner
Maria Popova 
Ruth Reichl 



Poems Read at the 2016 Gala

Elizabeth Alexander
"Ars Poetica #100" by Elizabeth Alexander

Eileen Huang
"That Which We Call” by Eileen Huang
"There is no frigate like a book (1263)" by Emily Dickinson

Ruth Reichl
"Eating Together" by Li-Young Lee
"Breakfast" by Minnie Bruce Pratt
“Discandied" by Sharon Olds

Lesley Dill
"Alphabet of Mother Language" by Anne Waldman
"The Soul has Bandaged Moments" by Emily Dickinson
“Blueprint" by Tom Sleigh

Maria Popova
"Possibilities" by Wislawa Szymborska
"Power" by Adrienne Rich
"Love After Love" by Derek Walcott
"won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille Clifton

Mohammed Fairouz
"Audenesque" by Seamus Heaney
"Untitled" by Mahmoud Darwish, translated by Mohammed Fairouz

Regina Spektor
"The Everyday Enchantment of Music" by Mark Strand
"Compulsively Allergic to the Truth" by Jeffrey McDaniel
“Winter Blue Jay" by Sara Teasdale
“Tea at the Palaz of Hoon" by Wallace Stevens

Bill T. Jones
"Nothing Stays Put" by Amy Clampitt
"Witchgrass" by Louis Glück
“A Blessing" by James Wright
“Yet Do I Marvel" by Countee Cullen

Amy Ryan
“Basket of Figs" by Ellen Bass
“Imaginary Morning Glory" by C. D. Wright

Matthew Weiner
“The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop
“The Door" by Mark Strand

Paul Simon
"The Long Boat" by Stanley Kunitz