Letters Live

November 15, 2021

Letters Live is a celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence featuring great performers reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world. Originally presented in front of a live audience, Letters Live has also released three full-length Letters Live films, a huge selection of videos, plus a #ReadALetter campaign that invites everyone “to share letters of hope, education, love, appreciation, respect, thanks, solace and support.” Have a look and a listen.

watch this

August 12, 2021

Thanks to Book Riot for this mighty list of 12 of the Best Slam Poetry Performances to Leave You in Awe.

poetry to watch

September 24, 2020

A couple of months ago, we published a guest post by Kelli Russell Agodon about her pandemic poetry collaboration with Melissa Studdard.

I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (Saint Julian Press, 2014) is a poetry collection by Melissa Studdard, a poem in the collection, and a short film by Dan Sickles made from the poem. Watch “I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast” on YouTube.

reading the Raven

October 17, 2019

Raven Chronicles may have ended its run as a literary journal, but it is far from finished. Next Thursday, October 24, 2019, you can join a constable, an unkindness, or a conspiracy of ravens (all words for multitudes of such corvids) for a reading and reception for Stealing Light, A Raven Chronicles Anthology, Selected Work, 1991-1996. The evening will feature emcee Paul Hunter and readings by Bart Baxter, Alicia Hokanson, Anna Odessa Linzer, and Carletta Carrington Wilson. Find them at the Jack Straw Cultural Center starting at 7:00pm. Free.

In the ‘far from finished’ category, we should also mention that Raven Chronicles is beefing up its YouTube channel:

On our channel we have posted many readings from 2014 to the present, but in the coming months we will be updating the site to include all the readings we have videotaped in the past few years, at Jack Straw Studios, the Columbia City Gallery, and other venues. On the site now: Voices From The Margins, 6/1/19 Anna Bálint Library Reading/Talk; Stealing Light: A Raven Anthology reading at Seattle Downtown Library, 10/21/18; Bridges Not Walls: a collaborative/ bilingual presentation, 2/28/17; Jack Straw Reading, 11/18/16, from Raven’s Vol. 24, Jack Straw Writers Program, 1997-2016.

new video series

September 13, 2019

Launching this week, Ours Poetica is a year-long video series created by the Poetry Foundation and Complexly and curated by poet Paige Lewis. Each episode presents a reader (poets and otherwise) “reading a poem that is meaningful to them, and discussing their connection to it, or inspiration for it.” Visit Ours Poetica on YouTube and enjoy a new poem each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

poetry on the streets

June 11, 2018

“The pulse” is a poem by Marcus Amaker, the first poet laureate of Charleston, South Carolina. It’s also a video featuring Amaker, Memo, Gina Mocha, Matthew Foley, Maggie Robinson, Katie Zimmerman, and Jasmine Tabor walking Charleston’s streets, reciting the poet’s words. Watch The pulse (a poem about Charleston) on YouTube.

got 33 minutes?

December 3, 2017

This conversation about The Civic Responsibility of the Poet in America Today between Jane Hirshfield, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Naomi Shihab Nye took place more than two years ago, but it seems acutely relevant today. When you have a half-hour, have a look.

Tucson, Arizona

These posts sometimes have a mind of their own. Here’s how this one happened…

Recently, we posted about the University of Arizona Poetry Center, in Tucson. The Poetry Center’s Facebook page posted a notice that the electronic reader boards at Tucson streetcar stops are now displaying new poems by Richard Siken. (Pictured above, words by Richard Siken and sculpture by Ben Olmstead and Simon Donovan depicting a poet blowing words onto a digital page. The sculpture is based on a lifecast of Richard Siken).

Looking for further details reveals that the new Tucson Sun Link streetcar has an ambitious public art program that enhances all 23 of its stations, but the reader boards are new enough that there’s no mention of them.

So, on to Richard Siken’s website, which also doesn’t mention the reader boards, but provides a link to YouTube, where you’ll find a film of his wonderful poem, Why. The lines of the poem appear on screen, accompanied by Siken’s photos and a musical track. If you’re in doubt about why you should write a poem today, take eleven-and-a-half minutes and watch Why.

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watching poetry

October 28, 2014

YouTube logoFor the past several years, Bellingham TV channel 10 has generously offered their time and talent to video record Sue Boynton Poetry Contest winners reading their poems. The recordings are broadcast between other programming on BTV10 and this year’s collection of eleven readings has now been posted to YouTube on the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest channel. Have a look and a listen, and, while you’re there, revisit some wonderful poets from past contests as well.

new videos uploaded!

August 4, 2013

Boynton winners on YouTube 2013

Nine videos of Sue Boynton Poetry Contest 2013 winners have been uploaded to the “recent uploads” section of the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest YouTube channel. Special thanks to the poets — Bassam Najib Boulos, Colleen Schwartz, Emily Spector-Van Zee, Jim Milstead, Luther Allen, Malcolm H. Kenyon, Mariah Brown-Pounds, Marina Murphy, and Susan Chase-Foster — and to Dal Neitzel and the staff at Bellingham TV10 (BTV10). Be sure to watch for these brief readings, which air between other programming on BTV10.

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