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New York City Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Poem in Your Pocket Day

Got Culture April April 2, 2012 - 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 10th anniversary Poem in Your Pocket (PIYP) day on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 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 third year in a row, in honor of PIYP day, Mayor Bloomberg 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 26! So start scribbling, and tweet us your best rhymes, verses and haikus using #NYCpoetweet.

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,

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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