on approach…

September 17, 2019

Back in December, we noted that a new Apple TV program, Dickinson, was casting for its 10-episode series. In case you’ve been waiting, feathers a-fluff, you can now watch a trailer for the show. You, and Emily, might be surprised at what’s in store.


going on now

July 16, 2019

If you happen to be in — or traveling to — Los Angeles, New York, or Moscow, between now and August 3, 2019, check out the goings-on at The Film and Video Poetry Symposium

over 30 international films and will screen in three cities: Moscow, Los Angeles, and New York City. In addition, the symposium will feature 9 guest speakers, educational workshops, poetry readings, and a gallery exhibit celebrating the work of 18 artists and poets. Our audience will experience poetry films, performing arts, videopoetry, experimental media, poetry readings, essay films, media installations, and films from the avant-garde.

The Symposium is a program of The Film and Video Poetry Society (FVPS), which encourages film and video poets to further their ongoing explorations by providing a platform for these artists to activate, collaborate, discuss, and maintain creative work developed through the convergence of these art forms.

See the complete Symposium schedule here.

attention fishers

July 5, 2019

FisherPoets-on-Bellingham-Bay will return on Saturday, September 21, 2019, as part of SeaFeast. This year’s program, in addition to poetry, stories, and spoken-word performance, will include maritime films.

The organizers are currently accepting submissions for both the film portion (deadline July 31) and the poetry portion (deadline August 15). If you are at home on the water and/or find inspiration there that fuels your art, consider adding your voice and vision to this lively, multi-venue event. See the details here.

Visible Poetry Project

April 30, 2019

National Poetry Month 2019 presents a third year of daily postings for the Visible Poetry Project, which brings together a collective of filmmakers to create a series of videos that present poems as short films. Meet the filmmakers and poets, read the poems, and watch the VPP films for April 2019.

programs we love

February 15, 2018

As often happens, in searching for something else, we stumbled across this story, “Mount Vernon students turn poetry into film,” in the Skagit Valley Herald. Voices of the Children, a Mount Vernon, Washington, non-profit, offered a free filmmaking class to Mt. Vernon high school students in which they “translated poems written by those at the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center into short films.”

This is just one of many collaborative projects VotC has launched, using journalism, poetry, photography, fine and performing arts, and film to build connection by promoting artistic expression and creative freedom. Many of their programs bridge the divide between local and international.

Learn more about Voices of the Children and watch for the student films screening at the Lincoln Theatre in Mt. Vernon in May 2018.

now showing

November 26, 2017

The subject of typewriters, and especially the poets who favor them in public, has been a recurring theme here at The Poetry Department. Poetry on film is another. While the new documentary California Typewriter does not purport to be about poetry (it does include poets Silvi Alcivar and Darren Wershler), it celebrates a favored writing tool as object, muse, and even obsession. The Los Angeles Times calls the film “rich, thoughtful, meticulously crafted.” California Typewriter is screening in theaters nationwide.

poetry on film

October 3, 2017

One of The Poetry Department’s continuing interests is poetry on film and this looks like a gorgeous addition to the collection: Window Horses. An animated feature filled with poetry and stories, Window Horses is about Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet who is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran. The film is now screening at art houses and festivals worldwide. Visit the Window Horses website to watch the trailer and learn about the story, the characters, and the filmmakers. Like Window Horses on Facebook and watch for Window Horses coming to a theater near you.

Late-breaking note: Window Horses is one of 26 animated films nominated for an Academy Award. Read more. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

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