It’s time again! April is National Poetry Month and we have so many amazing poets writing in Hawaiʻi. Thursday, April 24th 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 people to carry a poem in their pocket and share it with anyone they come across during the day. For the last two years, we’ve done 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 the 2014 pocket.  This is voluntary and unpaid, but a good opportunity to get your work out there. You will retain all ownership and rights to your work and we will link back to your webpage. By submitting, you are agreeing to let us use your piece for our digital poetry pocket. On that note, we can only accept work that is owned by you, the author and submitter. Deadline to submit is April 11th (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.