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New York City Celebrates the 11th Annual Poem In Your Pocket Day


Poetry is in the air in April Photo courtesy of Charles Hearn/NYC DDC Creative Services.

April 1, 2013 - 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 11th annual Poem in Your Pocket (PIYP) day on Thursday, April 18, 2013, 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.

Starting April 1, @NYCMayorsOffice will host Mayor Bloomberg’s fourth annual #NYCPoetweet contest. Tweet your poem of 140 characters or less to for a chance to have your work published in Metro New York on April 18! So start scribbling, and tweet your best poems using the hashtag #NYCpoetweet.

And on April 18, join in the celebration by carrying a poem in your pocket that you love. Make it whatever lines of verse move you to share with friends—from haikus about refrigerators to Shakespearean sonnets and everything in between.

To learn more about poetry events taking place throughout the month, visit www.nyc.gov/poemor 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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