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

Jon Sands

“Every door you open tonight is a sacrifice to gods whose names you will never learn.” Jon Sands, cofounder of Pop-Up Poets, performs in a New York City subway.

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 03:00

Undercover Authors

This video explores the various compelling reasons why—from professional etiquette concerns to hiding one’s tarnished identity—some notable authors chose to write under pseudonyms.

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 03:00

Sridala Swami

“Too much tranquility becomes placidity and then I can’t write.” Author and poet Sridala Swami discusses how her various artistic endeavors and life experiences have influenced her writing and creative processes.

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 03:00

New York Public Library

Watch this eloquent video that features inspiring images captured by a drone that was flown around the steps, hallways, and various rooms of the New York Public Library.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 03:00

Matthew Dickman

“I’ve hurt you. I’ve loved you. I’ve mowed the front yard.” Poet Matthew Dickman, author most recently of Mayakovsky's Revolver: Poems, reads “Slow Dance.”

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 03:00

Margaret Atwood

“You know there is stuff the reader has to know, but it’s not very interesting stuff for you to write.” Margaret Atwood, author of the MaddAddam trilogy, discusses the difficulty of exposition and why she’s always written both poetry and prose.

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 03:00

The Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" comes alive in this spooky adaptation. Voiced by Tony Tsendeas. Directed by Darren Walker and Travis Mays.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 03:00


“He uses tight quarters and claustrophobia to form new phobias." Chicago poet Olivia Cole performs “Wednesday.”

Wed, 10/30/2013 - 03:00

The Man With the Beautiful Eyes

Watch this engaging visual interpretation of Charles Bukowski’s poem “The Man With the Beautiful Eyes.” Filmed by Jonathan Hodgson.

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 03:00

Vanishing Act

"How nice it is to disappear, float into a mist.” Musician and poet Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of seventy-one. In this video, he recites the haunting and timely lyrics to “Vanishing Act.”  

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 03:00