The Poetry Caravan


The Poetry Caravan is a non-profit organization that was founded by Usha Akella in White Plains-Greenburgh, NY. It was formed to offer poetry readings and workshops to disadvantaged audiences in women’s shelters, senior homes, educational institutions and hospitals. In 10 years, it delivered more than 900 free readings in the White Plains-Greenburgh, NY area.

In January 2015, with the help of APS board members Carie Juettner and Barbara Gregg, Usha founded the Austin chapter of the Caravan. Since then, the Poetry Caravan of Austin has hosted over thirty poetry readings by more than twenty local poets in retirement homes and shelters in the Austin area.

In recognition of The Poetry Caravan’s positive impact on the community, Steve Adler, Mayor of the City of Austin, proclaimed January 7, 2016 as Poetry Caravan Day in Austin.


The Austin chapter of The Poetry Caravan is currently organized by Usha Akella and Elizabeth Kropf.

To volunteer to participate with the Caravan, and to access their current schedule of readings, email: or

For more information, visit the Poetry Caravan’s Facebook Page.