Shelter in Poems: A Virtual Reading to End National Poetry Month on April 30

April 30, 2020


To celebrate the final day of the National Poetry Month, the American Academy of Poets will host Shelter in Poems: A Virtual Reading of Uplifting Poems to Bring Us Together on Thursday, April 30th at 7:30 p.m. E.T. 


“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,” the academy’s website stated.

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

Below is a list of the poets and performers who will be reading their poems that the academy said were chosen “to give comfort and courage.”


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
Dulé Hill


Edward Hirsch
Kevin Kwan
Stephin Merritt
Maulik Pancholy
Alison Pill
Dan Rather
Alberto Ríos
Mustafa Shakir
Naomi Shihab Nye
Lorna Simpson
Amber Tamblyn
Natasha Trethewey
and other special guests


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