Poetry & the Creative Mind 2018

On April 25, 2018, the Academy of American Poets presented its sixteenth annual Poetry & the Creative Mind reading at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, celebrating National Poetry Month.

The evening began with a reading from award-winning poet Terrance Hayes, who served as the event’s master of ceremonies, and Juliet Lubwama, a participant in the National Student Poets program.

Special guest readers included:

Krista TippettChristine Lahti
Janna LevinBill Yosses
Tim DalyLorna Simpson
Patty GriffinUma Thurman


Poems Read at the 2018 Gala

Terrance Hayes 
Black Swan” by Brigit Pegeen Kelly

Juliet Lubwama (National Student Poet)
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities” by Chen Chen
“Good Hair” by Juliet Lubwama

Krista Tippett
“Ars Poetica #100: I Believe” by Elizabeth Alexander
“Lovesong” by Marilyn Nelson
Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye
“What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade" by Brad Aaron Modlin

Janna Levin
“Planetarium” by Adrienne Rich 
On Being an Artist” by Noelle Kocot
The More Loving One” by W. H. Auden
A Man Said to the Universe” by Stephen Crane

Tim Daly
It was a hard thing to undo this knot” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Proem” by Octavio Paz
September 1, 1939” by W. H. Auden

Patty Griffin
“Wax” (translated by Coleman Barks) by Jalal al-Din Rumi

Christine Lahti
Spoken For” by Li-Young Lee
The Red Poppy” by Louise Glück
Her Kind” by Anne Sexton
For What Binds Us” by Jane Hirshfield

Bill Yosses
“Apple Orchard” by Ranier Marie Rilke
“Start Close In” by David Whyte
Perhaps the World Ends Here” by Joy Harjo 
excerpt from Four Sonnets About Food” by Adrienne Su

Lorna Simpson
These Poems” by June Jordan
Poem about My Rights” by June Jordan
“Coal” by Audre Lorde 
excerpt from “Words in the Mourning Time” by Robert Hayden

Uma Thurman
“Our Story” by William Stafford
“An extraordinary thing that happened to Vladimir Mayakovsky one summer at Dacha” by Vladimir Mayakovsky
“Ballad of the Night Visitor” by Max Jacobs 
If—” by Rudyard Kipling