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

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Eric Shonkwiler

"Every so often, he woke up and found himself further down the path, though the terrain was nearly identical." Ohio author Eric Shonkwiler's debut novel, Above All Men, was published by Midwestern Gothic back in March. Read more about the indie press in a previous installment of Small Press Points.

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Poetry Anywhere: Central Park

David Julius Caesar Salad sets up his manual typewriter in New York City's Central Park, prompting passersby to pick a subject. It's poetry on demand: He types out the poem while patrons wait on the benches nearby, and reads the poem to them when he's finished.

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Charles Wright

The Library of Congress announced today that Charles Wright is the new U.S. poet laureate. In this clip, Wright, the author of nearly two dozen poetry collections, most recently Caribou (FSG, 2014), reads his poem "Together" for PBS NewsHour.

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Courtney Maum

Courtney Maum's debut novel, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, was released yesterday by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Maum was interviewed by Maggie Shipstead for the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, coming soon.

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Claudia Rankine

The recipient of this year's Jackson Poetry Prize, Claudia Rankine, was honored last night at a reception hosted by Poets & Writers, Inc. In this video from the Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Rankine reads from her book Citizen: An American Lyric, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in October. "And you are not the guy but still you fit the description because there is only one guy who is always the guy fitting the description."

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Phil Kaye

"My mother taught me this trick. If you repeat something over and over again it loses its meaning." In this short film, poet Phil Kaye performs his poem "Repetition," a personal piece about his struggles as a child dealing with his parents' divorce (including developing a stutter) and the power of words.

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Kenneth Goldsmith

Poet and founder of UbuWeb, Kenneth Goldsmith, speaks about the "conceptual writing" movement and the art of transcription. "There can be no such thing as writer's block, there's no lack of inspiration—there's always something to transcribe, there's always something to rewrite, there's always something to refrain."

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Why People Need Poetry

"We're all going to die—and poems can help us live with that." In this TED talk literary critic Stephen Burt uses his favorite poems to help convey how poetry (simply a set of techniques used to make patterns that put emotions into words) can help us further understand and cope with what it means to be a person.

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Ron Rash

In this video, author Ron Rash offers words of encouragement to writers and emphasizes the importance of patience. (Rash was in his forties when his first book was published.) Although the publishing landscape may seem discouraging, he says, you go back to writing because "there's something in it that gives you a kind of satisfaction that nothing else in your life does."

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The Sonnet Project

The Sonnet Project combines cinematic art with the poetry of William Shakespeare, set against the backdrop of New York City. The goal of the project is to film all of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each performed by a different actor in a carefully chosen New York City location. This is their sixty-seventh film.

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