now streaming

April 7, 2021

It has been a couple of years since we mentioned The Film and Video Poetry Society, whose mission is “to encourage 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.”

In addition to an annual symposium (submissions are open for the 2021 symposium through September 4, 2021), FVPS livestreams video poetry 24 hours a day. Drop in any time.

FVPS is also on Facebook.

(lots) more poetry on film

December 14, 2020

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin has been around since 2002. It was the first and is the largest international platform for short films based on poetry and has been hosted in nearly 50 countries around the world. Some 2,000 entries from over 100 countries were submitted to the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2020.

Since its founding in 1991, the Haus für Poesie, formerly the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, has been promoting and supporting all areas of literature, but especially poetry, both as the written word and in conjunction with other art forms and media. Focused exclusively on poetry since 2000, it is the venue where contemporary poetry in all its diversity of forms is showcased and discussed. On the Haus für Poesie website, you can view the winning films of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival from 2002 – 2020.


Take a short break to enjoy “Blessings,” a short film by Emmy-winning filmmaker Andrew Hinton, musician and composer Owen Ó Súilleabháin, and the words and voice of poet David Whyte. The video is just one of many worthwhile offerings to be found at Emergence Magazine.

poetry films

October 11, 2020

Fiona Tinwei Lam is a poet and filmmaker. Watch a selection of short poetry videos on her website.

watch some poetry

August 30, 2020

There’s poetry worth watching on Poetry + Video.

For example, here’s Kaspar Hauser Lied, an animation by Susanne Wiegner visualizing a poem by Austrian poet Georg Trakl (1887 – 1914).

And here is Misery, a video by Marie Craven featuring erasure/collage poetry by Sarah Sloat that sources text from Stephen King’s book of the same name.

And here is Imagining Time, a video by Jelena Sinik, inspired by “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot.

There are many more short films on the Poetry + Video site. Enjoy.

Dream Loaf

August 8, 2020

From Wednesday, August 12, to Saturday, August 22, 2020, Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences will offer Dream Loaf, a free, curated selection of readings and lectures from their archives along with live events. You can see the general schedule on the Dream Loaf page. The archived material will go live on the day of the event and can be accessed simply by clicking on the program title.

On the same page, you can find lectures from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, available now, free.

poems to watch

June 14, 2020

Lucy English is a UK-based spoken word poet and novelist. For her ambitious project The Book of Hours, she collaborated with an international community of film makers to create “a contemporary re-imagining of a Medieval book of hours.” For each month, four short films use English’s poems in films of morning, afternoon, evening, and night. The films are abstract and quite different from one another. They’re free to watch and you can also go to the Credits page and find links to her collaborators and their other film/poetry work.

Lucy English is also co-creator of the poetry film organization Liberated Words, where there is much more about poetry on film and video.

press here

April 24, 2020

Streaming live from print shops around the world every Saturday: United in Isolation. Find the link on Facebook. It starts at 19:00 CEST (that’s 10:00 a.m. Pacific), and most of the videos should remain viewable for at least a while. (Visit Facebook to see the video of Expedition Press from the first week’s video program.)

The programmers, who are making nothing (except great connections) from their effort, say, “Our goal is to unite letterpress printers, both the experienced and the newcomers by building an inspirational video archive documenting letterpress stories from all over the world.”

The lineup for Saturday, April 25, 2020, is:
Peter Duffin, Animales de Lorca, VALENCIA, SPAIN
Judith Berliner, Full Circle Press, NEVADA CITY, CA, USA
Aleksandra Stępień, WARSAW, POLAND
Ane Thon Knutsen, Graphic Design, OSLO, NORWAY

Each press will present for about 15 to 20 minutes.

how to read a sonnet

April 18, 2020

With more than six decades of much-lauded performance on stage, screen (large and small), and video games, Patrick Stewart has stepped out of his role as Jean-Luc Picard to read/recite a sonnet a day on Instagram and Twitter (@sirpatstew). If you’re not on Instagram or Twitter, you can find some of Stewart’s sonnet readings on YouTube, and a few are linked in this article on My Modern Met.

new for our time

April 16, 2020

The ever-busy Rob McLennan (above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, Dusie, Touch the Donkey, etc., etc.) has launched a new online journal: periodicities : a journal of poetry and poetics .

Since the site went live in early March, it already includes more than 70 videos of contemporary poets reading from their work (‘the virtual reading series’). If you have previously unpublished poetry-related reviews, essays, interviews, translations, etc., consider submitting to periodicities.

Go Rob!

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