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Poetry International is committed to inspiring new generations of poetry readers and to helping them engage with contemporary poetry. We're pleased to showcase this selection of films for our inaugural online cinépoetry exhibition. Cinépoetry is edited by Francesco Levato.

Featured Film

Poet: Anne Waldman

Internationally recognized and acclaimed poet Anne Waldman has been an active member of the “Outrider” experimental poetry community, a culture she has helped create and nurture for over four decades as writer, editor, teacher, performer, magpie scholar, infra-structure curator, and cultural/political activist. Her poetry is recognized in the lineage of Whitman and Ginsberg, and in the Beat, New York School, and Black Mountain trajectories of the New American Poetry. Yet she remains a highly original “open field investigator” of consciousness, committed to the possibilities of radical shifts of language and states of mind to create new modal structures and montages of attention. Her work is energetic, passionate, panoramic, fierce at times. She is the author of more than 40 books, including the mini-classic Fast Speaking Woman, a collection of essays entitled Vow to Poetry and several selected poems editions including Helping the Dreamer, Kill or Cure and In the Room of Never Grieve. She has concentrated on the long poem as a cultural intervention with such projects as Marriage: A Sentence, Structure of The World Compared to a Bubble, and Manatee/Humanity, which is a book-length rhizomic meditation on evolution and endangered species, and the monumental anti-war feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, a 25 year project. More information can be found at

Filmmaker: Ed Bowes

Ed Bowes is a writer, director and cinematographer,who has been making his own movies for over three decades.  His first movie Romance was the first full-feature-length narrative shot in video.  Subsequent movies have included Better, Stronger and Spitting Glass which was partially funded by Channel 4 in England and shown on major BPS stations throughout the U.S. Bowes worked overseas after the Berlin Wall came down for the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Fund and Interviews, consulting and training at independent television stations in Bosnia, Kazakstan, Russia, Armenia, Croatia, and Macedonia.  He has worked for the past decade within the poetry and artistic community of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and the film community of the University of Colorado, and Free Speech News. These resulted in Flip (2006), Against The Slope of Social Speech  (2008)  Entanglement (2009/10), The Value Of Small Skeletons  (2011). Bowes has worked with poets for years, including early work with Bernadette Mayer and Clark Coolidge, and more recent projects with Anne Waldman. Lisa Jarnot, and novelist Laird Hunt. He has received awards from the NEA, NYSCA  the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2010). He lives in New York City where he teaches at the School of Visual Arts. He is currently editing the movie GRISAILLE. For further information see




Filmmaker: Swoon

Marc Neys aka Swoon, born 1968, lives in Mechelen (Belgium). He has produced over 100 videopoems and collaborated with various writers in different languages. His films and shorts were shown at international Festivals.

"Like all good art, the work of Swoon transports us to a state. It is a state of attention and reverie at the same time, where the artist shares with us his own intense experience of the moment, and then sends us each on our own inner investigations. Meditations on Nature, Time, Art, the human condition, and the spiritual cost of modernity - these are some of the dizzy heights that Swoon's audiovisual essays explore. “Longing,” as Heidegger defines it, “is the agony of the nearness of the distant”. Something of this delicious torment informs the dense visual and sonic tapestries found in these videos. In his soundscapes & films, Marc Neys piles layer upon layer of information and sensation –ghostly voices and pathos, echoing memory’s dizzy playground, alongside snatches of half-forgotten dreams, or lives." (Yahia Lababidi)

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Where Sins are More Sinful

Filmmaker: Swoon

See biography above.

Poet: Heather Haley

The Siren of Howe Sound, trailblazing poet, author, musician and media artist Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines, genres and media. Her writing has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including the Antigonish Review, Geist, sub-TERRAIN, the Vancouver Review, ROCKsalt: Anthology of BC Poetry and the Verse Map of Vancouver. Haley was an editor and reviewer for the LA Weekly and publisher of the Edgewise Cafe, one of Canada’s first electronic literary magazines. She is the author of poetry collections Sideways, Three Blocks West of Wonderland, and her first novel, the forthcoming Town Slut’s Daughter. Haley has directed numerous videopoems including Purple Lipstick, Bushwhack and Whore In The Eddy, official selections at dozens of international film festivals. Renowned as an engaging performer, she’s toured Canada, the U.S and Europe and produced two critically acclaimed AURAL Heather CDs of spoken word song, Princess Nut and Surfing Season. More information can be found at:


The Road Not Taken

Poet: Robert Frost

Filmmaker: Swoon

See biography above.



Poet and Filmmaker: Timothy David Orme

Timothy David Orme is a writer and filmmaker.  His films have shown at art galleries and film festivals all over the world.  His second book of poetry, Oponearth, was just released from BlazeVOX Books.  For more information feel free to visit his website at



Filmmaker: Scott Rankin

Poet: Duriel E. Harris

Duriel E. Harris is the author of Drag (Elixir Press) and Amnesiac: Poems (Sheep Meadow Press) A poet/performer, sound artist and scholar, Harris is a member of Douglas Ewart and Inventions free jazz ensemble and co-founder of Black Took Collective. Current projects include the AMNESIAC media art project and “Thingification,” a solo play in one act. She is an associate professor of English and teaches creative writing, literature and poetics at Illinois State University.


Reading the Wind

Poet and Filmmaker: David (jhave) Johnston

Focus: Language-based online digital art. Combinatorial poetics, multimedia poetry. Currently, developing works that feature typographic experiments built through a synthesis of Flash, Mudbox, Vegas, Ableton, After Effects and Mr. Softie

Exhibition history: Agence Topo, Chambre Blanche, Champ Libre, ELO, FILE, FOFA, Incident, Oboro, Turbulence among others. His work has been exhibited at 4 new media Biennales: Montreal '03, '09, ‘11 & Toronto '04. For more details see CV.

Education: an undergrad degree in Computer Science; a Masters of Science in interactive art; & a PhD from Concordia University where he worked as a research affiliate with OBX, TML & NT2.

Philosophy: Jhave uses algorithms as aesthetic tools; and believes that moist matter is quasisentient. His work is an attempt to harmoniously reconcile computation, emotion, concepts, and the ancient idea of artist as conduit.

Since 1999, he has published language-art online (instead of on paper) at In the spring of 2011 he released a usb-key version of a decade of this web-work.

As of August 2012, he is Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong



Poet: Walt Whitman

Filmmaker: Jack Feldstein

Jack Feldstein is an award-winning scriptwriter and neon animation filmmaker. Almost thirty narrative and poetry neon animation films, including The Ecstasy of Gary Green, The Adventures of James Joyce and A Wondrous Film about Emma Brooks have screened worldwide from New York's Lincoln Center, NYC to Rotterdam International Film Festival to Sydney International Film Festival. His poetry neon animations have been screened at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin and at the New York Jewish Film Festival and he is the curator of the Subway Poetry Film Series in New York City. Recently, his neon animations inspired top New York Fashion designer Norma Kamali and together Feldstein and Kamali created a 3D films for NY Fashion Weeks. Originally from Australia, he now lives in New York City. His philosophy is "search for an interesting life".


All This Day

Poet and Filmmaker: Tom Konyves

Born in Budapest, based in Montreal until 1983, Tom Konyves is one of the original seven poets dubbed The Vehicule Poets; his work is distinguished by Dadaist/Surrealist/experimental writings, performance works and “videopoems”. He is the author of 5 books of poetry, including Sleepwalking Among the Camels: Selected Poems, published by The Muses Co. In 1978, he coined the term videopoetry to describe his multimedia work, and is considered to be one of the original pioneers of the form. He is the author of the newly released "Videopoetry: A Manifesto". Between 1983-2006, he was Executive Producer of AM Productions, producing numerous documentaries, music videos, as well as other corporate, educational and government multimedia productions. Konyves has initiated many public poetry projects, including Poesie En Mouvement/Poetry On The Buses (Montreal, 1979), Performance Art in Quebec,a six-hour TV series (Cable TV, 1980), Montreal’s first Concrete Poetry Exhibition (Vehicule Art, 1980), The Great Canadian Poetry Machine (Vancouver, Expo 86); he curated the screenings of videopoems at The Text Festival (Bury, England, 2010), and has given lectures and conference presentations on the subject of videopoetry. Since 2006, he has been teaching screenwriting, video production, journalism and creative visual writing courses at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia. His website is



Filmmaker: Tara Flynn

Poet: Dennis E. Bolen

Dennis E. Bolen is a novelist, editor, teacher and journalist, first published in 1975 (Canadian Fiction Magazine). He holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria (1977) and an MFA (Writing) from the University of British Columbia (1989), and taught introductory Creative Writing at UBC from 1995 to 1997.

In 1989 Mr. Bolen helped establish the international literary journal sub-TERRAIN, and served there as fiction editor for ten years. He has acted as a community editorial board member at The Vancouver Sun, sat on the boards of a literacy advocacy organization, a literary collective and a theatre company. He has written criticism, social commentary, arts advocacy and editorial opinion for numerous journals and newspapers in Canada.

Recently Mr. Bolen has branched into video production to highlight his fiction and poetic works. In addition to creating the photographic still video composition Everybody (included in Cinépoetry’s issue for Poetry International, 2013) he wrote the script for a trailer for his book Anticipated Results (Arsenal/Pulp, 2011):

He also wrote, produced and directed a forthcoming (April 2013) video trailer for his 2009 novel Kaspoit! (Anvil Press).

Major Publications

Anticipated Results, short fiction, Arsenal/Pulp, Vancouver, 2011.

Kaspoit!, novel, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 2009.

Toy Gun, novel, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 2005.

Gas Tank and Other Stories, short fiction, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 1998.

Krekshuns,  novel, Random House, Toronto, 1997.

Stand In Hell, novel, Random House, Toronto, 1995.

Stupid Crimes (revised), novel, Vintage, Toronto, 1995.

Stupid Crimes, novel, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 1992.


Art is Fragile

Filmmakers: Toni Holland and Gerge Chave

Toni M. Holland is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2011. Her dissertation was awarded a Fulbright and has since been selected by the Library of Congress as a research reference in “United States Poets Laureate: A Guide to Online Resources.” She is currently working on a monograph on New Media Poetry. Her work has appeared in New Letters, Jelly Bucket for Reading, Riprap, Tau, Illya's Honey, and Curbside Review. Her poet's residencies include Millay Colony for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France.  

Awards for George Chave’s compositions include first prize in the 1985 Oriana Trio International Composition Competition, grand prize in the 1993 Best Song in the Universe Contest, first prize in the 2011 International Longfellow Choral Composition Competition for solo song, and first prize in the 2012 Vincent Silliman Choral Composition Competition for children's choir. Chave’s music has been performed throughout the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Chave has composed more than 70 works, including numerous solo and chamber pieces, and works for chorus, orchestra, and wind ensemble. His music has been featured on several CDs and is published by Alliance Music, Harold Gore Music, Manduca Music, and Norruth Music, Inc.

Chave is an Associate Professor at UT Arlington where he has taught music theory and composition courses since 1992.


Just Midnight

Poet: Robert Lax

Filmmaker: Susanne Wiegner

Susanne Wiegner studied architecture at the Academy of fine Arts in Munich and at Pratt Institute in New York City. She works as an architect and 3D-artist in Munich, Germany. In addition to projects in real space, for several years she has been creating 3D computer animations dealing with literature and with virtual space. Venues where her work have been shown include the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Jenisch Haus in Hamburg, the Art + Technology Center EYEBEAM in New York City, festivals in Marseille, Rotterdam, Berlin, Athens, Lisbon, Copenhagen, New Delhi, Damascus, Beirut, Vienna, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Macau etc.

In 2011 her film "just midnight" was the winner of the festival award "la parola immaginata" in Bergamo, Italy
and in 2012 her film "at the museum" won the Ballon-Prize at crosstalk VideoArtFestival 2012, Budapest, Hungary.

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There Was a Young Man

Poet and Filmmaker: Kath MacLean

Is a multi media artist living in Edmonton.  She writes poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, reviews, performance poetry, drama & film. Since the publication of her award winning first book, For a Cappuccino on Bloor, Kath MacLean’s writing has been generating critical acclaim across Canada, United States, & recently, Europe where she toured last spring.  An instructor of creative writing much of the time & previous high school teacher, MacLean has also been WIR for the CAA  in Edmonton and for the Kalamalka Press at the Mackie House in Coldstream, BC.

Earning the first & only Ph.D. in creative writing at the U of A, her recent work includes: Seed Bone & Hammer, (with Lane Arndt (2009), There Was A Young Man (2009/2010), Kat Among the Tigers (2011), poetry based on the journals & correspondence of Katherine Mansfield, & Doo-Da-Doo-Da, a videopoem from Kat which wonher the “Best of Fest” at its first national & international screening last fall.  Inspired by the writing of Robert Kroetsch, MacLean’s poetry was recently short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch Innovative Poetry Award (2012).  Last fall she received the Anne Green Award for her excellence & innovation in film, poetry, & performance. Currently she is at work on a new book of poetry, creative nonfiction & a new poetryvideo.



Poet and Filmmaker: Kath MacLean

See biography above.


The History of Stars and Ghosts

Poet and Filmmaker: Carolyn Guinzio

A Chicago native, Carolyn Guinzio is the author of West Pullman (Bordihera, 2004), Quarry (Parlor, 2008), and Spoke & Dark (Red Hen, 2012), as well as the chapbooks Untitled Wave (Cannibal, 2009) and a liss (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). She is the poetry editor of Yew: A Journal of Innovative Writing & Images by Women. She lives with her family in Fayetteville, AR.


Whore in the Eddy

Poet and Filmmaker: Heather Haley

See biography above.


About the Editor

Poet, translator, and filmmaker Francesco Levato is the author of four books of poetry: Endless, Beautiful, Exact (Argotist, 2011); Elegy for Dead Languages (Marick Press, 2010); War Rug, a book length documentary poem (Plastique Press, 2009); and Marginal State (Fractal edge Press, 2006). He has translated into English the works of Italian poets Tiziano Fratus, Creaturing (Marick Press, 2010), and Fabiano Alborghetti, The Opposite Shore. His work has been published, or is forthcoming, inDrunken Boat, Versal, Otoliths, The Progressive, OmniVerse, Lightning’d Press, Certain Circuits, Moria, VLAK Magazine, Slope, Ping Pong, Another Chicago Magazine, Poetry International, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, Cordite Poetry Review, and LA Review. He has collaborated and performed with various composers, including Philip Glass, and his cinépoetry has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere. He is the founder and director of the Chicago School of Poetics, holds an MFA in poetry from New England College, and is pursuing a PhD in English Studies at Illinois State University. Further information can be found at