Why don’t more literary websites feature poetry videos?

Photo by Nate Robert of a chair in an otherwise empty room of a ruined building.

From a high point of semi-trendiness six or seven years ago, I’ve watched poetry videos slowly disappear from U.S.-based online literary magazines, where one would think they belong. Internationally, videopoetry and poetry film are in robust health, with more festivals, screenings, and critical attention than ever. I think it’s useful to consider possible reasons for this puzzling decline of interest if we’re going to have any chance of reversing the trend. Continue Reading

New essay on poetry videos and the evolution of language at Ploughshares

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Ploughshares, one of the most prestigious American print literary magazines, has a new essay about poetry videos up on their blog, authored by one of their regular bloggers, Ruben Quesada, himself a competent maker of poetry videos. Continue Reading

Zebra Poetry Film Festival Münster 2016: a view from the jury

view of a theater lit up at night

A few things I’d like to say about our goals as jury: We congratulate all the filmmakers, artists and poets who were chosen by the selection committee. We saw some fantastic films and wonderful creations this year, and were proud to play a part in the international competitions. We as ‘the jury’ wanted to make a statement. We believe that more films should have been awarded a prize. Not because it was too difficult to pick the four winners, no — that was fairly easy. We believe that more artists deserve a prize, and would prefer the budget for prizes to be split up to go to more ‘winners.’ 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

New essays at Poetryfilmkanal from Javier Robledo, Ram Devineni and Sigrun Höllrigl

The German website Poetryfilmkanal has continued its broad, international focus and clockwork regularity with its weekly series of short essays on poetry film and videopoetry. Continue Reading