April 27, 2017
Five winning #PoetweetNYC entries selected by a panel of judges led by First Lady Chirlane McCray were published in Metro New York
NEW YORK—On Thursday, April 27, New York City hosts the annual “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” a citywide celebration that encourages all New Yorkers to appreciate poetry and highlight the importance of literacy during National Poetry Month. Throughout the month of April, organizations have hosted poetry events across the five boroughs, and on April 27, all New Yorkers are encouraged to carry a poem in their pocket to share with friends, family and colleagues.
The City partnered with Metro New York to host the eighth annual “#PoetweetNYC” Twitter poetry contest from April 17 to April 21. @NYCulture and @NYCGov received hundreds of “#PoetweetNYC” submissions and winning entries were published in Metro New York on Poem in Your Pocket Day. The 2017 contest coincided with Immigrant Heritage Week, so participants were encouraged to submit poetweets that celebrate our city’s rich immigrant heritage.
"I am delighted that we have so many talented and prolific storytellers in NYC to celebrate on Poem in Your Pocket Day,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray. "Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 #PoetweetNYC Contest for capturing our city’s rich immigrant heritage and inspiring others through poetry – one word at a time.”
This year, a panel of judges selected the winning poetweets, including:
2017 #PoetweetNYC Winners
Each time I thought
of leaving, some hand of love
or almost-love pulled me in.#PoetweetNYC
NYC--the city where
High speed silver caterpillars
Take you from earth to air
City that never sleeps
dreams of countless futures
spoken in thousand tongues,
understood in a single breath.
Patchwork of culture;
A fabric of immigrants.
The lining of our city;
Textile perfection in an imperfect world.
Stand clear of the closing doors
Good advice for a subway ride
As for the city itself, know this:
The doors remain open & wide
2017 Poem in Your Pocket Day Highlight Events
In addition to carrying a poem today, New Yorkers are encouraged to visit the cultural groups, parks, libraries, and others that are hosting literary events throughout the city. Highlights include:
Poem in Your Pocket Day Poetry Slam at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Reading Room invites student poets and poetry lovers to New York City's 15th Annual Poem in Your Pocket Day. This daylong celebration of poetry kicks off the Reading Room's 2017 literary series and is free and open to the public. Students from NYC's elementary, intermediate, and high schools will have the opportunity to read their latest poems during the open mic forum.
Poem in Your Pocket Day at Poets House
10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Discover poetry! Join young readers and writers along with special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun. Bring a poem of your choice to share or find one at Poets House. This community reading is a great way to tune your ears to new poets and old friends.
Put A Poem In Your Pocket Day at Poe Park
2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 2:30 p.m.– 4 p.m.
April is poetry month! On Poem in Your Pocket Day, bring a poem to share. If you do not have a poem, one will be provided. Poems may be original, classic or contemporary, funny, cute, or serious.
Poem in Your Pocket Day at Queens Public Library:
Poem in Your Pocket Day at Brooklyn Public Library
Poem in Your Pocket Day at New York Public Library