If you’re a famous chef-restaurateur, such as Daniel Rose, you might offer a few lines about food, Dorianne Laux’s “A Short History of the Apple.” For the dancer-choreographer Savion Glover, there’s Allison Joseph’s tribute to a standby of 1970s television, “Soul Train.” And if you’re former “Today” show correspondent Ann Curry, who knows well the changing fortunes of public life, you find special delight in Maya Angelou’s anthem “Still I Rise”:
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Rose, Glover and Curry were among the readers, or “honorary poets,” as host (and poet) Elizabeth Alexander called them Wednesday night at the 17th annual “Poetry & the Creative Mind” benefit. Presented by the Academy of American Poets, the event was staged before an appreciative audience at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. As in previous years, “Poetry & the Creative Mind” brought in prominent guests from a wide variety of careers, united by a willingness to read a few favorite poems before some 2,000 people or more. Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and Gloria Steinem have been among the performers at the academy benefit.
© 2019 John Appleseed
The Sunset Explorers
Love to get outdoors and discover nature's treasures? Hiking Treks is the
show for you. We review hikes and excursions, review outdoor gear and interview
a variety of naturalists and adventurers. Look for new episodes each week.
Hiking Treks Trailer
Tue, 8 Jan 2019 01:15:00 GMT
S02 EP04 Mt. Hood, Oregon
Tips for trekking around the tallest mountain in Oregon
Tue, 07 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
S02 EP03 Bouldering Around Boulder
We explore fun walks to climbing areas about the beautiful Colorado city of Boulder.
Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:00:00 EST
S02 EP02 Caribou Mountain, Maine
Put your fitness to the test with this invigorating hill climb.
Tue, 23 May 2019 02:00:00 -0700
S02 EP01 Stawamus Chief
We tackle Stawamus Chief outside of Vancouver, BC and you should too!
S01 EP04 Kuliouou Ridge Trail
Oahu, Hawaii, has some picturesque hikes and this is one of the best!
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 01:15:00 +0000
S01 EP03 Blood Mountain Loop
Hiking the Appalachian Trail and Freeman Trail in Georgia
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:15:00 +0000
S01 EP02 Garden of the Gods Wilderness
Wilderness Area Garden of the Gods in Illinois is a delightful spot for
an extended hike.
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:15:00 +0000
S01 EP01 Upper Priest Lake Trail to Continental Creek Trail
We check out this powerfully scenic hike following the river in the Idaho
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