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

We Are All Typewriters

Video producer A. L. Crego juxtaposes two "parallel universes," writing and typing, by swapping their respective spheres of sound—forcing the viewer to experience these common actions in an unfamiliar way and to begin considering the nature of each method of putting words on paper.

Poetry Through Community Service

"The power of the word is a doorway." MFA students from Anitoch University in Los Angeles have a unique requirement to do community service as part of their program to enhance the "writing life" of others. PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown takes a look.

Alex Dang

In this TEDx Talk, slam poet Alex Dang performs and speaks about the challenges of growing up multilingual and how he found his voice. "Because poetry is an art form in which the writer often talks about their own narrative and their own life, it becomes the ideal way to explore cultural, racial, political, and social identities."

Playwrights on Writing

And now a word from this year's Tony Award-nominated writers, whose advice rings true for poets and prose writers, too: "You either want to write, and need to write, and have to write, or you don't write," says actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein.

Poetry of Everyday

Two British poets conduct a "bin investigation" to gather data on the traces people leave behind every day, and create a poetry generator that uses this data to compose poems reflecting the personal context of used and discarded items.

Spoken Sonnetry

A collection of sonnets written by New Zealand–born actor and playwright Taofia Pelesasa—and performed here by Nastassia Wolfgramm, Taofia Pelesasa, and Maile Finau—Spoken Sonnetry speaks to the "mutiny of [the poet's] mental state."

Thu, 05/15/2014 (All day)

Roberto Montes

"And each morning I am left with the furious kindling of birds." Roberto Montes reads from his first collection of poetry, I Don't Know Do You (Ampersand Books, 2014), at the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division, a cultural center and bookstore in New York City.

Wed, 05/14/2014 (All day)

"Time to Leave"

"When you're faced with such hopeless situations / It's time to move on and leave." This film by Lee Hang Gab, with music by Ólafur Arnalds, is inspired by Korean author Lee Byung Ryul and chronicles the filmmaker's travels in Japan.

Samuel R. Delany

"I consider Delany not only one of the most important science-fiction writers of the present generation, but a fascinating writer in general who has invented a new style," writes Umberto Eco. Samuel R. Delany discusses his novel Dhalgren, his childhood in Harlem, and the journey that lead him to become the 2013 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master of science fiction in this clip from Open Road Media.

Mon, 05/12/2014 (All day)

Margaret Atwood

The Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist who this week won the 2014 Orion Book Award from Orion Magazine for her novel MaddAddam (Nan A. Talese, 2013), is seen here discussing her creative process as part of Big Think.

Fri, 05/09/2014 (All day)