National Writing Project


2019 Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 18, 2019

On any given day, what might you find in your pocket?

If the answer isn't "a poem," then April 18 will be your chance to fix that.

As part of April's National Poetry Month celebration, the American Academy of Poets has declared April 18 Poem in Your Pocket Day. As the Academy explains :

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

The National Writing Project is encouraging teachers and students to find their favorite poems or write their own, with the idea of carrying those poems and sharing them on April 18.

You can also consider:

  • recording a video of yourself reading a poem, uploading your video to a service like Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, then "carrying" the video in your pocket via your smartphone
  • tweeting your poem or what you're doing to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day, using the hashtag #pocketpoem
  • adding your own poem or sharing one from the NWP Writers Council to our NWP Facebook page .
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