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

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Maya Angelou Remembered

"Among the many reasons that I think we all so treasure Dr. Maya is that she was a truth teller,” says Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and close friend of celebrated poet Maya Angelou, who died yesterday at the age of eighty-six. Angelou is the author of more than thirty books, including her influential memoir of the Jim Crow South, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She received numerous awards throughout her lifetime, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was presented to her by President Obama in 2011....

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Poetry on the Underground

Judith Chernaik founded Poetry on the Underground for the London Underground public metro system in 1986. This seven-minute documentary explores the project's evolution through poetry readings and an interview with Chernaik, who says the Underground is the perfect place to promote poetry because "you're in a strange place, and it's nice to have the comfort of language which is human and humane."

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David Homel

The Gazette in Montreal takes a look at the writing space of author David Homel as he speaks about his process. "I write out loud, I say everything I'm writing as I write it... prose fiction has its own music, just like the blues, just like jazz, just like poetry. I think you've got to hear that music if you're gonna write well."

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Never Let Go

"And never let go / never unclench your fist." Adam Ragan filmed this inspirational short film of Nikolas Croker reading his poem "Never Let Go," with music by Tal Wieczorek, on the scenic beaches of West Port, Oregon.

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We Are All Typewriters

Video producer A. L. Crego juxtaposes two "parallel universes," writing and typing, by swapping their respective spheres of sound—forcing the viewer to experience these common actions in an unfamiliar way and to begin considering the nature of each method of putting words on paper.

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Poetry Through Community Service

"The power of the word is a doorway." MFA students from Anitoch University in Los Angeles have a unique requirement to do community service as part of their program to enhance the "writing life" of others. PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown takes a look.

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Alex Dang

In this TEDx Talk, slam poet Alex Dang performs and speaks about the challenges of growing up multilingual and how he found his voice. "Because poetry is an art form in which the writer often talks about their own narrative and their own life, it becomes the ideal way to explore cultural, racial, political, and social identities."

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Playwrights on Writing

And now a word from this year's Tony Award-nominated writers, whose advice rings true for poets and prose writers, too: "You either want to write, and need to write, and have to write, or you don't write," says actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein.

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Poetry of Everyday

Two British poets conduct a "bin investigation" to gather data on the traces people leave behind every day, and create a poetry generator that uses this data to compose poems reflecting the personal context of used and discarded items.

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Spoken Sonnetry

A collection of sonnets written by New Zealand–born actor and playwright Taofia Pelesasa—and performed here by Nastassia Wolfgramm, Taofia Pelesasa, and Maile Finau—Spoken Sonnetry speaks to the "mutiny of [the poet's] mental state."

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