April is National Poetry Month and Thursday, April 18th is National Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Poem in Your Pocket Day is a great way to celebrate poetry as a part of our everyday lives. It encourages everyone to carry a poem in their pocket to share it with people they come across during the day. Last year we did a local version of this and collected poems from local authors and HBB readers. We put them in a random digital “aloha shirt” pocket for everyone to enjoy, or print out and share.

Check out last year’s PIYP-Aloha Shirt Edition.

We’re calling for submissions for this year’s pocket.  This is voluntary and unpaid, but you will retain all ownership and rights to your work. By submitting you are agreeing to let us use it for our digital poetry pocket. On that note, we can only accept work that is owned by you, the writer/submitter. Deadline to submit is April 5th (Friday).

Please send your poems to the email address below:


Copy and paste the poem into the text of the email (for security, no attachments will be opened). Feel free to read our submission guidelines for more info.