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 Alexander, President 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 Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate
Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera, former U.S. Poet Laureate
Edward Hirsch, National 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 Ríos, National Book Award–nominated poet and author
Mustafa Shakir, “Luke Cage” actor and rapper
Naomi Shihab Nye, award–winning poet and author
Lorna Simpson, award–winning visual artist
Amber Tamblyn, Golden–Globe nominated actress, poet, and author
Natasha Trethewey, former 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.