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Poetry & the Creative Mind

Poetry & the Creative Mind

Our concert halls aren’t just for classical music lovers: each year, the Academy of American Poets convenes an audience of contemporary poetry lovers within the hallowed walls of Alice Tully Hall.

On April 24th, the Academy presented its 12th annual Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala before a sold-out audience.

Guest readers Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Kevin Kline, Rosie Perez, Billy Crudup, Parker Posey, Esperanza Spalding, Patrick Stewart, Juliana Margulies, Carrie Mae Weems, Drew Nieporent, and National Student Poet Michaela Coplen joined master of ceremonies Chip Kidd to celebrate the spoken word and to commemorate the organization’s 80th anniversary.

Snippets from the performances were featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Click here to listen to some of the readings.

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Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal and Glen Hansard rehearse for the 2013 Poetry & the Creative Mind gala at Alice Tully Hall. Photo by Star Black, courtesy of