Poetry Video Resources

Online magazines/anthologies about Poetry Videos



Local Video Poetry Exhibits and Talks

  • Poets with a Video Camera:  Video Poetry 1980-2020
    • Recorded tour by guest curator Tom Konyves at The Surrey Art Gallery exhibit, Sept 17/22-Dec 11/22 : Poets with a Video Camera, the largest retrospective of videopoetry in Canada to date. The exhibition featured over twenty-five works by some of the world’s leading practitioners. It was organized around five categories of videopoetry: kinetic text, visual text, sound text, performance, cin(e)poetry.
    • Symposium: Two or Three Things One Should Know About Videopoetry hosted by Guest Curator Tom Konyves and Jordan Strom, Surrey Art Gallery at Surrey Public Library (November 5, 2022) featuring keynote speaker Sarah Tremlett, with presentations by Kurt Heintz, Heather Haley, Javier Robledo, Adeena Karasick, Jim Andrews, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Daniel Dugas, Valerie LeBlanc, and Matt Mullins

How to Make a Poetry Film/Video

Examples of Contemporary Canadian Poetry Videos Dealing with Place

  • Take Me Home Series: “City Centre”: a poem by former Vancouver poet laureate Evelyn Lau about the demolition of Vancouver homes, was turned into a poetry video directed by Jenn Strom which can be viewed online for free on Knowledge Network.
  • We have become children”: a poem by Al Rempel turned into a videopoem by Erica Goss.
  • Canoe”: a poem set in the Georgian Bay area of Ontario, written and narrated by Kate Flaherty Marshall, with live action videography and music by Mark Korven; and “Rose Quartz also by Kate Flaherty Marshall, live action videography by Mark Korven, music by Gabe Flaherty which features sunset at Harold’s Point, Killbear Park, Ontario.
  • Drunken Laundry Day with Charles Bukowski: A Poem by Henry Doylean animated poetry video set in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, based on Henry Doyle’s poem made by a team led by Fiona Tinwei Lam with animator H. Kristen Campbell.
  • “Winter Sleep”: a poem by Sheri Benning was turned into an atmospheric poetry video by Sheri Benning, her sister Heather Benning and filmmaker Chad Galloway and shot in the Rural Municipality of Wolverine Creek in Saskatchewan.
  • “Wolf Lake”: a poem by Elizabeth Bachinsky about a young woman’s sexual assault and murder was turned into a poetry video by Michael Smith.
  • Novena”: a poem by Shirley Camia was turned into a short poetry video with the poet, animator Rosie Holtom and film editor Viktor Pesenti.  
  • “How to Tie a Turban: a poem by Amritpal Singh Arora with videography by Pardeep Singh, that links the act of tying a turban to a history of persecution and resilience, from WWI and Jallianwalla Bagh to the Kamagata Maru incident and Quebec’s Bill 21.

Some Examples of International Poetry Videos Dealing with Place (as recommended by Dave Bonta and Marie Craven of Moving Poems)

International Festivals for Poetry Video and Film

Visit FilmFreeway for many more poetry film, experimental film, and short film festivals around the world.