Poem in Your Pocket Day

Women's Writing Collective plans Poem in Your Pocket Day: (L to R) Mary Lou Kownacki, Marcy Hall, Liz Allen, Kathy Felong, Hannah Paul, Laura Rutland, Linda Romey (photographer)

The Erie County Public Library, in partnership with The Writing Studio, has organized an Erie celebration for National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21. The local and national events bring attention to National Poetry Month, which is celebrated every April. Erie’s Poem in Your Pocket Day will be celebrated at four places: the Erie County Public Library’s Blasco Library; English Department, Gannon University; East High School; and Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe. The New York City Mayor’s Office began Poem in Your Pocket Day in 2002 in conjunction with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Education, as part of the city-wide National Poetry Month celebration.  In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative nationwide, encouraging individuals across the country to take part and “channel their inner bard,” according to Marcy Hall, coordinator of adult services for the Erie County Public Library. “We believe in literature and words as a way to create dialogue between people,” said Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, coordinator of The Writing Studio, co-sponsor of Erie’s Poem in Your Pocket Day effort. The Writing Studio is a new collective of women writers and literacy advocates, located at 310 E. 10th St. in Erie. In Erie, between 500 and 700 poems will be shared on April 21. Some poems will be from familiar authors – Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams and Emily Dickinson, for example. Those poems might come to the recipients from the book “Poem in your Pocket for Young Readers,” a collection that encourages readers to actually rip a page from the book, read the poem, then roll it up to pass to someone else. Other poems will be original compositions by young local authors.  If someone hands you a rolled-up scroll on April 21, you can put the poem in your pocket. But please take the opportunity to take your poem back out of your pocket and share it with someone else! Photo: Women's Writing Collective plans Poem in Your Pocket Day: (L to R) Mary Lou Kownacki, Marcy Hall, Liz Allen, Kathy Felong, Hannah Paul, Laura Rutland, Linda Romey (photographer). We invite advance coverage of this event and welcome coverage of Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21. For more information about Poem in Your Pocket Day, contact Liz Allen at (814) 440-0089 or at lizerie@aol.com.


The Writing Studio is part of The Studio at Saint Mary’s: Space to Create, where studio space is available for artists and innovative programs that can positively impact center-city Erie. For more information, contact Holly Nowak.