Poem in your Pocket Day 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019



Join The Emily Dickinson Museum and the Academy of American Poets in this very special celebration of National Poetry Month! Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem to carry with them.


On April 18, The Emily Dickinson Museum has a planned score of special activities for the day:



Share Your Favorite Poem

 Carry your favorite poem in your pocket to the Museum and take a picture of it at our "selfie station". If you choose, share your poem selfie with the world on social media and use the hashtag #pocketpoem. Watch as poetry fans around the globe delight in these shared poems!

 Recite a Poem and Take a Free Public Tour

The Museum will grant free admission to regular public tours to any visitors who can recite a Dickinson poem from memory. Today only, expect a few surprises during your tour—with opportunities to ponder and “talk back” with us and each other in our historic houses and our tour center.

Tours are offered at 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.


Craft a Poetry Wreath or a Fascicle
Help yourself to our poetry-inspired crafts in the tour center. Welcome the season with a garland of spring poetry! Frame a favorite Dickinson poem with paper leaves and flowers to brighten your household.  Or make yourself a new poetry notebook in the style of Emily Dickinson herself!

Free. Available in the tour center from 11am to 3pm.


Attend a Family-friendly Writing Workshop

“Dwell in Possibility”: A Workshop for Budding Poets 

Young poets and their families are invited to a 50-minute, interactive workshop in the Museum Homestead. Discover Dickinson’s verse and harness your inner poet through engaging activities! Following an inspirational visit to the poet’s bedroom, participants will create & share verse of their own. Sign-ups are at the desk in the tour center on the day of the program. 


$15 per family. Offered at 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm. Recommended for ages 7+. This program will involve periods of quiet, creative writing. 

Questions about Poem in your Pocket Day may be directed to EDMPrograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org