Post-It Note Poetry (PINP) celebrates its 10th anniversary in February 2023. The original 2013 challenge between writing partners Adam Byatt and Jodi Cleghorn was to write bad poetry on post-it notes for 28 days. It quickly caught the quirk and imagination of poets and non-poets alike.
“If someone had told me in 2013 a silly dare could inspire people to come together and write poetry on sticky notes for 11 consecutive years, I wouldn’t have believed them,” said Jodi, a multi-passionate word witch who uses poetry as one of her four professional pillars. “But here we are in 2023!”
As a much-anticipated community event, PINP unites seasoned and fledgling poets in the joy of words that breathe outside the lines. In the past three years the challenge has evolved to include Christina Hira as a co-curator, introduced themes and offered participants the opportunity for publication in a digital collection each March.
In 2023 the Hira-Cleghorn duo offer the theme random | eloquence for participants to explore.
“I love the invitation to playfulness that comes each year with PINP. To show up as many days as possible with whatever weird and chaotic words is its own beautiful eloquence” said Christina, a messy human who finds home in making spaces for art and poetry on Patreon. “I can’t wait to stir up the beautiful community of poets on IG once again.”
“The last 11 years have taken me from someone writing terrible haiku to finding a powerful voice through cut-up poetry,” Jodi said. “And through cut-up poetry I first connected with Christina. I feel as though our partnership is the epitome of random eloquence.”
The 10th anniversary also marks the shift of the event solely to Instagram, leaving behind roots at Facebook.
Hashtag for this year’s event is #pinp23
The new addition we have this year, in order to foster more community, is to bookend PINP with zoom events.
We will host a PINP opening party on 1st Feb at 11am NZST and a closing party on the 28th Feb at 11am NZST.
Opening Party: Bring along your questions, your excitement and your process to share
Closing Party: Bring along your favourite poem of the month to share together
The link for both zooms will be the same
Meeting ID: 849 3948 2573
For more information contact:
Jodi Cleghorn @jodicleghorn
Christina Hira @wild.dark.magic
ABOUT POST-IT NOTE POETRY
Post-It Note Poetry’s mission is simple:
- To encourage people of all skill sets and persuasions to explore and have fun with poetry – whether they are seasoned poets or curious souls attempting poetry for the first time.
- To create within a confined physical space (the size of a post-it note) as a positive exploration of limitation. It is also a way of making poetry composition possible for 28 consecutive days.
- To come together once a year as a community to write, read, share and amplify the joy of poetry.
The rules are simple for those who’d like to play along at home (at work, on the bus or in any of those in between places perfect for scribbling poetic words on small squares of sticky paper).
- Write/build/create a poem every day of February*.
- Poems must fit on a post-it note (or be an equivalent sized poem – ie. no more than 8 lines on a larger backing).
- Poems must adhere to the original light-hearted spirit of permission to write badly – in which poems can tackle serious content, but internal editors/critics all get a break over February.
- Post poems to social media with the hashtag #PINP23
- Follow the hashtag , comment and enjoy what others are creating.
*or as many days as feels comfortable and capable for you.