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#NYCPoetweet Twitter contest hosted by Mayor's Office starts today

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Starting today, the city is hosting the annual #NYCPoetweet Twitter poetry contest in honor of National Poetry Month, the Office of the Mayor announced on Tuesday morning.

The contest will take place on the city's official Twitter account. Poems posted on Twitter using the hashtag #NYCPoetweet by April 8 will be considered for a grand prize: an appearance in Metro New York on April 24, which is Poem in Your Pocket Day. First Lady Chirlane McCray will help select the contest winners.

Poem in Your Pocket Day is a citywide celebration led by the Office of the Mayor in partnership with the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Education to celebrate poetry and encourage literacy.

Throughout the month of April, literary organizations will host poetry events across the five boroughs. On April 24, New Yorkers will be encouraged to carry a poem in their pocket that they can share with their friends, families or colleagues.

Poem in Your Pocket Day partners include the Academy of American Poets, the Bryant Park Corporation, Metro New York and the Poetry Society of America.

Visit the official website for Poem in Your Pocket Day for the official rules.