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American Poet Greats Lecture Series

Coordinated by The Museum of American Poetics, The American Poet Greats Lecture Series provides archived videos of "talks by poets speaking about the lives and works of other poets or poetry movements they feel passionately about or influenced by in their own writing visions." Videos available through the 1999-2000 season; other videos not currently working.

American Writers Video Archives

Online video archive for C-SPAN's 2002 television series American Writers: A Journey Through History. Videos include writers who have had a significant impact on American literary history from America's founding through the Vietnam War.

Arizona State University Department of English Web Video Page

Videos include poetry and fiction readings as well as lectures on diverse literary topics.

Best Minds Poetry Series

An exhibit of The Museum of American Poetics. Featured poets include Joy Harjo, Gary Snyder, Amiri Baraka, and Anne Waldman.

Book Look Television

Inlcudes dozens of author interviews from the television show Connie Martinson Talks Books.

Book TV on C-SPAN2

Selected programs from C-SPAN2's Book TV series. Emphasis is on non-fiction books and authors, though programs related to fiction and literature often are broadcast. Videos are archived for two months after a program's first television broadcast.

View archived videos from C-SPAN's author interview program Booknotes.

Favorite Poem Project

A collection of 50 short video documentaries that showcases individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love.

Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

View video clips from PBS'stwo-hour special Fooling with Words with Billy Moyers (1999), which documents the 1998 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Clips are arranged alphabetically by poet's last name.

Kelly Writers House Webcasts

Archive of webcasts recorded at the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House, a center for writers from the Philadelphia area.

Meet the Writers: Exclusive Video Interviews

Watch video interviews with featured authors through the Barnes & Noble website.

92nd Street Y Virtual Poetry Center

A growing collection of archival audio and video recordings of significant literary moments at the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y.

Online NewsHour Video Search

Search for online videos of your favorite writers taped as part of PBS's nightly newscast, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Literature-related videos can be located using keyword searches and by selecting the category Poems. The video archive includes programs broadcast after February 7, 2002. In 2006, the NewsHour Poetry Series launched; its website offers recent videos of poetry-related programs and stories.

Poem Present

The University of Chicago's Poem Present Reading and Lecture series, established in 2001, "has been bringing distinguished contemporary poets to The University of Chicago to read from their work as well as to speak on topics in contemporary poetry of interest to them." The online archive includes audio and video of poets beginning with the 2003-2004 season.

Poetry Everywhere

Produced by WGBH and David Grubin Productions, Poetry Everywhere provides online access to more than twenty videos of poems being read, most by their original authors.

Poetry Foundation Video Series

Links to video series sponsored or produced by the Poetry Foundation. Includes NewsHour Poetry Series, Poetry Everywhere, Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show, and Poetry Documentaries.

Poetry Matters Now

A Lempert Family Foundation project which allows users to view readings, conversations, and profiles of American poets, including a twenty minute documentary of Gerald Stern.


An online video showcase featuring established and emerging poets filmed at various venues around Southern California. Includes videos of more than 160 poets.

Research Channel

"ResearchChannel is a consortium of research universities and corporate research divisions dedicated to broadening the access to and appreciation of our individual and collective activities, ideas, and opportunities in basic and applied research." Webcasts are offered on an array of subjects, including literature, and can be found using multiple search options.

UC Berkeley Lunch Poems Series

Lunch Poems is a noontime poetry reading series under the direction of UC Berkeley professor Robert Hass. Videos are available beginning with the 2002 series.

UCTV - University of California Television

UCTV was "launched by the University of California to provide the public with informational, educational and enrichment programming that draws upon the vast intellectual, scientific and creative talents of the University of California." UCTV's online video archive includes faculty lectures on writers, authors discussing and reading their work, and artistic performances recreating the lives of famous writers. UCTV also maintains a YouTube channel.

Videos on Modern Literature and Philosophy (from The Roland Collection of Films & Videos Online)

Access free video clips of more than 115 films featuring major authors and philosophers.

Voices & Visions

View video clips from the Voices & Visions video series, which explores the lives and works of 13 of America's most famous modern poets.

WGBH Forum Network Webcasts

Webcasts of free public lectures from venues around Greater Boston. See in particular the sections on literature, poetry, and theater.


There are a number of YouTube channels that regularly offer poetry-related videos. Notable channels include:

Video Search Engines and Web Sites

Poetry videos can now be accessed through a number of video search engines and video-sharing Web sites. These resources, which make thousands of poetry-related videos available to users, inlcude a combination of professionally produced videos and amateur recordings. Several major video search engines and Web sites currently available are:

Google Video
Yahoo! Video
Truveo Video Search


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