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A curated selection of videos, including book trailers, brief interviews, and other literary curiosities updated daily.

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George the Poet

“My life could have been your life, with a twist.” George the Poet finds inspiration in a Paul Graham photograph of a lonely woman on a New York City sidewalk, and uses his poetry to explore the individual’s place in modern society.

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Pablo Neruda

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” Watch this ethereal visual interpretation and sober reading of Pablo Neruda’s poem “Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines.”

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Stanley Kunitz

“What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire.” Stanley Kunitz, who died in 2006, is seen here at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in 2000 reading “Touch Me.”

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Tar

Watch this trailer forTar, an independently produced movie based on the 1983 book of the same name by poet C. K. Williams. Twelve New York University students directed the film, which stars James Franco and Mila Kunis.

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Katie Makkai

“I have not seen my own face in ten years, but this is not about me.” In this video clip from 2002, veteran slam poet Katie Makkai performs “Pretty,” which confronts the harsh reality of how our culture perceives women and appearances.  

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Zombie Nouns

This video addresses the common but debilitating abuse of language known as nominalizations, or, as Helen Sword characterizes them, zombie nouns. Animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson.

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Jon Sands

“Every door you open tonight is a sacrifice to gods whose names you will never learn.” Jon Sands, cofounder of Pop-Up Poets, performs in a New York City subway.

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Undercover Authors

This video explores the various compelling reasons why—from professional etiquette concerns to hiding one’s tarnished identity—some notable authors chose to write under pseudonyms.

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Sridala Swami

“Too much tranquility becomes placidity and then I can’t write.” Author and poet Sridala Swami discusses how her various artistic endeavors and life experiences have influenced her writing and creative processes.

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New York Public Library

Watch this eloquent video that features inspiring images captured by a drone that was flown around the steps, hallways, and various rooms of the New York Public Library.

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