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NaPoWriMo Poetry Prompt 1: Who are you?

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

Your Name

Difficulty Level: 1/5

Write a poem about your name. The poem doesn’t have to be an acrostic, where you write your name down the side of the page and think up a word or phrase for each letter, but we do love a clever acrostic. You could also write a poem that tells the story of how you got your nameor nickname. You could write about how you love your name—or how you hate it. You could write a series of metaphors for your name, like this lovely snippet of The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros:

In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing.

 Listen to Sandra Cisneros read “My Name” below.

However you do it, tell us what color you are, what animal you are most like, what you sound like, and—most importantly—who you are.


Are you local to Pittsburgh? Have you registered for the Poem-A-Thon yet? Sign up to write poems and raise money for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council today!