“Dictionary Illustrations” by Marie Craven wins 4th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition

“Dictionary Illustrations” by Marie Craven wins 4th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition

The 2016 Ó Bhéal judges, poet Kathy D’Arcy and filmmaker Rossa Mullin, have chosen a winner: Dictionary Illustrations, an adaptation of a poem by Sarah J. Sloat from the multi-talented Australian artist and musician Marie Craven. Continue Reading

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival’s complete list of films, English-language program online

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival’s complete list of films, English-language program online

With the biannual ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival — the world’s largest and most prestigious such event — less than a month away, their website is replete with information, including what should be of most interest even to those who (like me) can’t attend: lists of all the films in each screening. Continue Reading

The UN, Beyoncé, Volvo, and Dareen Tatour: What’s at stake in the mainstreaming of poetry videos

What They Took With Them (still)

As poetry films and videos enter the cultural mainstream, they are being put to a variety of political and commercial uses. But this growing relevance brings into sharper relief questions that have always dogged them, given how difficult and expensive it can be to produce them: Who gets to make videopoems and poetry films? Whose stories get told? Whose creative license is at stake? Continue Reading

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival program is online


The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival posted their program to the web yesterday, and judging from Google Translate, there’s a great deal of continuity with past festivals despite the change in hosting organizations (from Literaturwerkstatt Berlin to Filmwerkstatt Münster), as well as some interesting new features. Continue Reading

4th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition releases shortlist, screening date


Earlier this week, the folks at Ó Bhéal, in partnership with the IndieCork Festival of Independent Film & Music, posted the shortlist for their 4th Poetry-Film Competition, and announced that the screening will take place on October 16. Twenty-eight films were chosen, representing 15 countries. Continue Reading

The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: “Wayne the Stegosaurus” and “Cigar Box Banjo”


Based on a children’s poem by Kenn Nesbitt, the animated film Wayne the Stegosaurus is perfect in its simplicity, while Cigar Box Banjo, based on a poem by Kim Addonizio, is much grittier and more to my taste. But both are well written and visually outstanding — video poetry at its best. Continue Reading

Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Releases the 2016 Shortlists

Rabbit Heart ticket

The Longlist for the 2016 Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival is now up! In addition, finalists for the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival are now up and public — these are the front-runners in this year’s poetry movie competition, the best of the best films submitted, and the finalists whose work will be screened at the 2016 Awards Ceremony and Viewing Party. Continue Reading

2016 Video Poetry Summer Camp for Teen Girls Wraps Up

teacher writing on whiteboard

On Sunday, July 31, seven teen filmmakers, all female, showed off their video poems in front of an appreciative audience. This year, our second running the Media Poetry Studio camp, students ranged in age from 12 to 16 years old. Each student gave a short introduction, talking about inspiration, writing poems, learning videography, filming, and editing. Continue Reading