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"I think that I shall never meet / A poem lovely as a Tweet..."

Who knows? If he had been around today, perhaps that's what Joyce Kilmer would have scribbled in his notebook (or typed on his smartphone). Instead, we can only imagine Kilmer's attempts at composing verse on Twitter - and give it our own shot.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (@NYCulture) is hosting the annual #PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest from April 17 to April 21, 2017. The winners will be announced in Metro New York newspaper on Poem In Your Pocket Day, April 27, 2017, and on city social media channels. This year, the contest coincides with New York City's Immigrant Heritage Week, so we're encouraging entrants to craft tweets celebrating our rich history and contributions of immigrants to our city, today and throughout the ages.

For 2017, we are pleased to announce an esteemed panel of judges who will select this year's winning poetweets:

  • Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City
  • Jennifer Benka, Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets
  • Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America
  • Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

For your own chance at digital bard-dom, tweet us your own original verse!

Read the full 2017 #PoetweetNYC contest rules

2016 #PoetweetNYC Winners


Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with fellow poetry lovers from across the U.S. using #pocketpoem. Poetry is everywhere if you look for it. Use #NPM17 all month long to follow along with National Poetry Month activities across in New York and across the country.


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