Yet again PSNY is partnering with the Visible Poetry Project to bring you the third annual Poetry Film Festival at NYCPOFEST! The Visible Poetry Project pairs 30 filmmakers with 30 poets each April to create 30 videos that present poems as short films.
As usual, it’s the last weekend of July on Governor’s Island.
Every year on the last weekend of July, The New York City Poetry Festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees. By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.
It’s great that such quality films will be reaching this kind of large, live audience of poetry fans. Though poetry film screenings have become almost an expected part of regional poetry festivals in the UK, I don’t think they’re too common in the US yet. And as far as I know, the nation’s largest poetry festival, the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival held every two years just outside NYC in Newark, has never screened films. (Poetry filmmaker Lori Ersolmaz attended in 2016 and wrote it up for Moving Poems.)
If you can’t make the festival, you can of course watch all the films on the VPP website. Not that that’s any substitute for the live experience.