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

The Beautiful Bureaucrat

In this debut novel by Helen Phillips, a young wife's new job, which consists of entering numbers into something only known as the Database, is linked to a larger mystery.The Beautiful Bureaucrat is forthcoming from Henry Holt in August.

Bowland Beth

"That her skydance went for nothing / hanging fire on empty air." David Harsent reads "Bowland Beth" from his 2014 T. S. Eliot Prize–winning collection, Fire Songs (Faber and Faber, 2014).

The Music of Poetry

"The lessons in tone, rhythm, cadence that you can learn from listening [to music] are important as a poet." Nathaniel Mackey, winner of the 2015 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry, describes how listening to international music has influenced his writing process.

Azar Nafisi

"At death's door, you want to remember the best that humanity has to offer." The author of The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books (Viking, 2014) speaks about the impact of literature and why we turn to reading and writing for connection.

The Breakbeat Poets

Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall, editors of the poetry anthology The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015), speak about the impact hip-hop has had on poetry and on their own writing.

Words Without Music

"The whole thing surprised me." Philip Glass reflects on his career and the people who have influenced his life while discussing his new memoir, Words Without Music (Liveright, 2015), in this recent installment of the Talks at Google series.

Poem in Your Pocket

The poetry podcast Haiku Chronicles celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day with a video featuring poems from Yosa Buson, Akiko Yosano, Allen Ginsberg, and others.

Please Excuse This Poem

Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick, editors of the poetry anthology, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015), introduce poets from the collection at a reading at the Strand Book Store in New York City.

I Was a Child

"I guess this book is about surviving and what we are born into." New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan explains his intentions for his illustrated memoir, I Was a Child, published by Blue Rider Press this month. 


“How could everything about you not be bursting?" Spoken word poet Ariana Brown performs "Invocation," which was awarded Best Poem at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.