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


In this 2012 video clip Patti Smith, Phillip Glass, Patti’s band, and Tibetan monks perform Allen Ginsberg’s poem, “Howl,” in honor of a visit from the Dalai Lama.

Tue, 08/13/2013 - 17:45

Sesame Street: Sons of Poetry

The puppets of Sesame Street spoof Sons of Anarchy by offering a struggling poet their rhyming talents. Will this poet’s lover leave him? Watch the video and find out. Hint: “I love moo.”

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 17:00

It Was The Winter…

Hieu Nguyen reads his poem, “It Was The Winter…," in this video from Button Poetry's 2013 Write Bloody Publishing Contest.

“Nostalgia forgets to visit this street.”

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 17:10

The Signature of All Things

“I’m going to take you on a voyage and we’re going to go very far together—through time and through space and through history.” In this trailer for The Signature of All Things (Viking Adult, 2013) author Elizabeth Gilbert explains the florid inspiration for her book.

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 17:35

The Humans

To promote his most recent book, The Humans (Simon & Schuster, 2013), novelist Matt Haig asked readers on social media to film themselves reading their favorite lines, resulting in this unique book trailer.

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 18:30

My Love For You Is So Embarrassingly

“A fabric Titanic on an ocean of air.” This Motionpoem melds “My Love For You Is So Embarrassingly”, a poem by Todd Boss, with the design and animation of Deb Kirkeedie and music of Jesse Marks.

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 16:50

Richard C. Morais

Author Richard C. Morais reads an excerpt from his 2012 sophomore novel, Buddhaland Brooklyn, about a middle-aged monk ordered to leave Japan and move to an Italian neighborhood in New York City.

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 17:33

Authors on Short Stories

This video reveals what several authors view as the unique challenges of writing short stories, particularly in comparison to novels.

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 18:30


Frank and Henry Nahurski interpret Larissa Szporluk’s poem “Sunflower” from Traffic with MacBeth (Tupelo Press, 2011) in this most recent offering from Motionpoem.

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 17:20

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty follows the journey and thoughts of a common man who is catapulted by an active imagination into heroic adventures. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, set to open this Christmas, stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Ben Stiller, who also directed the film.

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 17:10