Shelter in Poems, a virtual reading

Join us for Shelter in Poems: a virtual reading of uplifting poems to bring us together.

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.

The evening will include poems presented by:

Elizabeth AlexanderPresident of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and award–winning poet

Sam Beam, singer–songwriter of Iron & Wine

Richard Blanco, fifth U.S. presidential inaugural poet and author

Julia Bullock, Grammy Award–nominated soprano 

Marilyn Chin, award–winning poet and author

Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Patrick Gaspard, President of the Open Society Foundations and former Ambassador to South Africa

Amanda GormanNational Youth Poet Laureate

Joy HarjoU.S. Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Edward HirschNational Book Critics Circle Award–winning poet and national bestselling author

Stephin Merritt, songwriter and lead singer of The Magnetic Fields

Maulik Pancholy, “30 Rock” actor and author

Alison Pill, Tony Award–nominated actress

Dan Rather, Emmy Award–winning journalist

Alberto RíosNational Book Award–nominated poet and author

Mustafa Shakir, “Luke Cage” actor and rapper

Naomi Shihab Nyeaward–winning poet and author

Lorna Simpson, award–winning visual artist

Amber TamblynGolden–Globe nominated actress, poet, and author

Natasha Tretheweyformer U.S. Poet Laureate

and other special guests.

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.

We look forward to sharing an evening of poetry with you.