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Join Rita Dove, Elizabeth Alexander, and others for a virtual reading tonight.

Corinne Segal

April 30, 2020, 12:40pm

Well, it’s almost May, and you know what that means: the end of the weirdest National Poetry Month of all of our lives.

To close it out, the Academy of American Poets has organized Shelter In Poems: A Virtual Reading, an livestreamed event for which more than 20 writers across genres will perform poems. The organization’s larger Shelter In Poems campaign asked readers earlier this month to share poems on social media that they were reading for comfort and courage during the coronavirus pandemic.

The participating writers come from all corners of the literary world; readers include poets Elizabeth Alexander, Rita Dove, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Joy Harjo in addition to journalist Dan Rather, actor and author Amber Tamblyn, singer Sam Beam, and author Kevin Kwan. (The full lineup is here.)

You can register for the reading, which begins at 7:30 pm ET tonight, on Eventbrite.

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