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City of New York Hosts Annual Twitter 'Poetweet' Contest April 11-15, 2016

April 11, 2016

Winners of “#PoetweetNYC” Contest to Appear on Metro New York’s Website and City Social Media Channels on Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 21)

NEW YORK—In honor of National Poetry Month, the City of New York (@NYCGov & @NYCulture) will host the annual “PoetweetNYC” Twitter poetry contest. From April 11 through April 15, 2016, poems sent using the hashtag #PoetweetNYC will be considered for the grand prize: on Metro New York’s website on April 21, Poem in Your Pocket Day. Visit for official rules.

Poem in Your Pocket Day is a citywide celebration led by the Office of the Mayor in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs to encourage all New Yorkers to appreciate poetry and highlight the importance of literacy. Throughout the month of April, literary organizations will host poetry events across the five boroughs, and on April 21, all New Yorkers will be encouraged to carry a poem in their pocket to share with friends, family and colleagues. Partners for Poem in Your Pocket day include the Academy of American Poets, the Bryant Park Corporation, Metro New York and the Poetry Society of America. Visit for more information, follow @NYCulture on Twitter, and “like” the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Facebook page for regular updates and highlights.

WHO:             New Yorkers and Twitter users from across the U.S.

WHAT:          “PoetweetNYC” Twitter Poetry Contest

  • To celebrate National Poetry Month and NYC’s Poem in Your Pocket Day
  • The basic rules: keep it clean, and keep it to one tweet
  • Use the hashtag #PoetweetNYC
  • Winners published on City social media and on Metro New York website on Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 21.


WHEN:          Monday, April 11 – Friday, April 15, 2016

WHERE:        NYCGov Twitter (
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Twitter (

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