Sunday, April 26, 2020

Join the Academy of American Poets on April 30th for “Shelter in Poems: A Virtual Reading”

In this unprecedented time, as more and more of us are turning to poetry, the Academy of American Poets launched Shelter in Poems, an initiative that invites poets and poetry lovers to share poems on social media that give them comfort or courage.

Shelter in Poems: A Virtual Reading extends this idea with a special offering of poems read by poets laureate, actors, musicians, artists, and more.

Join us: Thursday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. EDT

The evening will include poems presented by:

Elizabeth Alexander
Sam Beam
Richard Blanco
Julia Bullock
Marilyn Chin
Rita Dove
Patrick Gaspard
Amanda Gorman
Joy Harjo
Juan Felipe Herrera

The event will raise funds to support our free publications and programs, including our K-12 education program. 

As National Poetry Month comes to a close, many of us will have weathered a month of solitude in an act of solidarity to protect each other. During these weeks, poetry has brought us all closer together, even as we remain physically apart.

Edward Hirsch
Stephin Merritt

Maulik Pancholy
Alison Pill
Dan Rather
Alberto Ríos
Mustafa Shakir
Naomi Shihab Nye
Lorna Simpson
Amber Tamblyn
and other special guests