Poetry + Video is a touring program of video poems from around the world. An hour-long collection, it surveys diverse contemporary expressions of this hybrid form. A wide range of approaches includes: screen adaptations of page poetry, prose poetry, poetry from found text and media, animations, poetic cinema, text-on-screen, and spoken word.

The program is designed to be highly portable, and easily obtainable on request to screening spaces in any location. It is available to cultural organisations internationally during 2019-20.

Rain by Mike Hoolboom
Rain by Mike Hoolboom

Video poetry is a genre of film-making with origins reaching far back into cinema history, especially within the areas of the experimental and avant garde. Beyond this, it is a modern manifestation of poetry itself, which began in ancient time as an oral form, and has been adapting and evolving with new technologies ever since.

Poetry + Video includes film-makers and writers at different levels of experience and reputation, from the most prolific, enduring and highly-regarded practitioners in experimental and poetry film-making, to newer artists with fresh and distinctive styles. Designed primarily for audiences in poetry, film and education, the program offers reward to anyone curious about ways of expressing word, image and sound.

For more information about screening Poetry + Video in your location, click here. A preview of what's to come...

Curator and manager for the project is Marie Craven, a film-maker in Queensland, Australia, who has been making shorts for 35 years. Her films have exhibited extensively at international festivals and events, and gathered many awards. She creates video poems collaboratively, with writers, musicians and other artists around the world. Over the decades, she has been a teacher at universities, technical colleges and community centres, a reviewer of films and books, an arts administrator, and programmer. At the end of 2018, she judged the inaugural Atticus Review Videopoem Contest. She is co-editor with Dave Bonta, of Moving Poems, the world's major website for nurturing and expanding awareness of the video poetry form.

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For their contributions, advice and assistance, thanks to:
Ari Raijas, Bronwen Manger, Caroline Rumley, Dave Bonta, Eduardo Yagüe, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Helen Dewbery, Jane Glennie, Karen Dawson, Lori Ersolmaz, Lucia Sellars, Lucy English, Maria Vella, Martin Kelly, Matt Hetherington, Matt Mullins, Mike Hoolboom, Nigel Wells, Pam Falkenberg, R.W. Perkins, Sanket Shrestha, the film-makers, writers and their collaborators.