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New York City Celebrates the 9th Annual Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day takes place on April 14. Photo courtesy of Charles Hearn/NYC DDC Creative Services.

April 1, 2011 - April is National Poetry Month, and throughout the month, New York City cultural and literary organizations will host poetry slams, readings and other special programs to celebrate. The centerpiece of the festivities is the 9th annual Poem in Your Pocket (PIYP) day on Thursday, April 14, 2011, a Citywide celebration of literacy and poetry hosted by the Office of the Mayor and the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education.

For the second year in a row, in honor of PIYP day, the Mayor’s Office will host a Poetweet contest starting April 1. Tweet your poem of 140 characters or less to @NYCMayorsOffice for a chance to have your verses published in Metro New York on April 14. So start scribbling, and tweet your best rhymes, verses and haikus using #poetweet.

You can write your own poem or borrow one from your favorite poet. Just make sure to join in the excitement by carrying a poem in your pocket to share with your friends, family, classmates and colleagues.

To learn more about poetry events taking place throughout the month, visit or the PIYP Facebook page (

About National Poetry Month
Inaugurated in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a month-long national celebration of poetry. National Poetry Month aims to widen the attention of individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and inflection.
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