2nd Weimar Poetry Film Award: A view from the jury

Whatever else one might say about contests and awards — and I’ve been as critical as any of the whole culture of literary prizes — they are a great way to focus public attention on a still somewhat obscure but rapidly developing genre. Continue Reading

Open call for poetry films: Festival Silêncio 2017

“This is not a movie. It’s a poem.” is a poetry film showcase organised within the Festival Silêncio that includes a national and an international competition. The films in competition will be the manifestation of audiovisual poetical language which will be using cinematographic narrative to state itself as a message. Continue Reading

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 content at Poetry Film Live and other websites

The second issue of Poetry Film Live is out, and new material has been appearing on other film/videopoetry-related sites associated with the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Art Visuals & Poetry, Poetryfilmkanal, and VERSOGRAMAS. Continue Reading