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Poetry for the Pandemic

Featuring Dr. Joshua Bennett, Mahogany L. Browne, Juan Felipe Herrera, Molly McCully Brown, Patricia Smith, and special guests: Tracie Thoms and Bill Murray


7 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Pacific

Actors Bill Murray and Tracie Thoms join Theater of War Productions’ Poetry for the Pandemic Performance and Discussion

An evening of readings and a dialogue among distinguished poets and young poets of tomorrow— a chorus of diverse voices exploring the transformative power of words.

Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Theater of War Productions.


Dr. Joshua Bennett (Facilitator), Mahogany L. Browne, Juan Felipe Herrera (US Poet Laureate 2015–2017), Molly McCully Brown, Patricia Smith, and special guests: Tracie Thoms and Bill Murray

The Class of 2020 National Student Poets: Maddie Dietz, Manasi Garg, Isabella Ramirez, Ethan Wang, and Anthony John Wiles, Jr. and alumni of the National Student Poets Program.

The event Zoom link will be distributed and available to registered attendees starting 2 days prior to the event.

The event will be structured in the following three parts:

  • The poets and special guests will read a selection of poems.
  • The student poets will kick off the discussion with their gut responses to what resonated with them across time
  • We will open the discussion to the audience. During the discussion, please raise your hand using the button at the bottom center of the screen. If called upon, you will be promoted to speak and you will be visible and heard by the entire audience for the duration of your comments. If you would prefer not to be seen, please disable your video when entering the event.

To experience this event:

Please download Zoom to your laptop or mobile device