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

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Sharon Olds

"No one ever signs up to have a mom who is an autobiographical family poet," the poet says as she explains why she waited fifteen years to publish the poems, about the end of her marriage, in Stag's Leap (Knopf), winner of the 2012 T. S. Eliot Prize.

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Richard Blanco

Poet Richard Blanco reads his poem "One Today" for President Obama's second inauguration on Monday.

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Sterling Lord

Frank Deford, Jimmy Breslin, and Charlotte Sheedy reflect on the extraordinary life and career of literary agent Sterling Lord, who has represented Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, and countless others, in this video from Open Road Media, the publisher of Lord's new memoir, Lord of Publishing

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Margaret Atwood

For last year's Nexus Conference in Amsterdam, the Nexus Institute brought together the world’s foremost intellectuals, artists, diplomats, politicians, and other decision makers and asked them to speak about the theme "How to Change the World." One of the participants, Margaret Atwood, focused her attention in on fiction, the future, and the environment.

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The Drunken Poets

Andy Knowlton, an American poet and mixed-media artist living in Seoul, South Korea, makes hand-made dolls out of materials he finds on the streets then places them in random locations around the city's Itaewon neighborhood. Each doll in the Drunken Poets project features a bottle containing an original poem.

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Traveling Troubadour

This brief documentary by Kristin Moe follows Kendall Merriam, the Johnny Appleseed of poetry in Rockland, Maine. The video was produced at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

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Behold, Our Bodies

The words of this poem, "Our Bodies (A Sinner's Prayer)" by Matt Mullins, are taken from a sermon by the late televangelist Oral Roberts, edited and remixed by the poet. 

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Colson Whitehead's Horror Shows

Colson Whitehead, whose latest novel Zone One (Doubleday, 2011) was labeled "a savvy zombie classic" by Justin Cronin, talks about the influence of horror films, including Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978), in his work.

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Character vs. Author

From the author of God Is Dead and Everything Matters! comes Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles (Viking), a genre-bending novel featuring a character who is an amalgam of fact and fiction from Ron Currie Jr.’s own life. Interestingly, the author and his doppelgänger portrayed in this trailor is actually Benjamin Katz.

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DanseDance

Directed by Julien Vallée, this short film is about rediscovering our daily surroundings. Get inspired today, and as you sit down to write, may your imagination make the objects around you live and move.

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