Join us on Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 pm EDT, for Shelter In Poems: a Virtual Reading, our first-ever virtual poetry reading.
In this unprecedented time, as more and more of us are turning to poetry, we launched our Shelter in Poems online newsletter, 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.
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, 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.
Shelter in Poems: A Virtual Reading will raise critical funds to support the free programs and publications produced by the Academy of American Poets, including Poets.org, Poem-a-Day, Teach This Poem, and more, which serve more than 30 million readers each year.