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Billy Crudup Reads Third-Grade Son's Poem – as Meryl Streep Looks On

When Billy Crudup took the stage Thursday night at the Academy of American Poets’ Poetry & the Creative Mind gala in New York City, no one knew he’d be introducing a new voice in the literary world.

Artists and celebrities including a chuckling Julianna Margulies, a smiling Meryl Streep, a stuffed-up and sniffling Tina Fey (who brought along a bag of cough drops), as well as Kevin Kline, Patrick Stewart and Rosie Perez watched intently.