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

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Discharged Into Clouds

“All night a woman down the hall screamed how a wound wanted its knife back.” This Motionpoem video offers a dark and existential interpretation of Dean Young’s poem “Discharged Into Clouds.”

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Messiah (Christmas Portions)

“Aren’t we enlarged by the scale of what we’re able to desire?” Filmed at the 2008 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, poet Mark Doty reads his compelling poem “Messiah (Christmas Portions).”

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Lily King

“All my life, ideas have come to me right as I’m waking up in the morning.” Novelist Lily King discusses how writing leads to personal discovery, the importance of rewriting as a form of reevaluation, and her unique strategy for combating writer’s block.

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Gillian Slovo

“You can control the material, but first of all you have to know what the material is.” Author Gillian Slovo discusses the challenges creative nonfiction writers encounter when researching family secrets and revealing personal stories to the world.

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Charles Wright

“Empty and full have the same glass, though neither shows you the way.” Poet Charles Wright discusses his creative process, the power of language, and the subjects that influence and define his poetry.

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Eric Siblin

“I think now I can safely describe myself as a writer.” Author Eric Siblin discusses his first book of creative nonfiction, The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece, which was inspired by a personal connection to an extraordinary piece of music.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Tracy K. Smith

“Even people who don’t read poems have poetry in their heads.” Filmed as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, this video features poets Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Tracy K. Smith, who discuss the nature of poetry and their creative processes.

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Donna Tartt

“If you need a character all you have to do is look up.” In this BBC Newsnight video, author Donna Tartt discusses her ability to write anywhere, finding inspiration, and the creative processes and literary influences that shaped her acclaimed novel The Goldfinch, published this year by Little, Brown.

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Hamish Hamilton Archive

In this video, Hamish Hamilton, the distinguished British publishing house founded in 1931 and now an imprint of Penguin, reveals archival footage of personal letters, memos, and scraps of paper that capture the humanity of prestigious authors such as George Orwell, J. D. Salinger, Albert Camus, and Jean Paul Sartre.

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Roll the Dice

“If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start.” In this fascinating visual interpretation of Charles Bukowski’s poem “Roll the Dice,” director Willem Martinot uses vivid, lonely images and inspiring music as the backdrop to words that extol the solitary virtues of being an original soul.

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