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

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Colson Whitehead

"I have a good poker face because I'm half dead inside." Colson Whitehead reads excerpts from his new book, The Noble Hustle, chronicling his experience preparing for, and then competing in, the World Series of Poker. Read Kevin Nance's interview with Whitehead—on how he met his agent Nicole Aragi—in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Scott Cheshire

"I think of a book as an extended hand, it's a gesture, from someone who has attempted to make meaning out of their own experience." Author Alex Gilvarry speaks with Scott Cheshire about his debut novel High as the Horses' Bridles—the story of a child preacher, his faith, and his vision of the end of the world. An interview with Cheshire by Victor LaValle is in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Mira Jacob

"Life, in general, is both comic and tragic. In every moment of real sadness, you can almost find something hysterical to laugh at." Debut novelist Mira Jacob discusses The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing with tuxedo-clad five-year-old Zakir. Jacob was interviewed by Amanda Eyre Ward for the just-released July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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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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