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GuerrillaReads wants YOU!

September 6, 2008

GuerrillaReads wants you to submit high-quality video literary readings from unexpected places! Go GuerrilaReads for more details but below you’ll find some of the background, goals, and guidelines. I’m really excited about doing a GuerrillaReads for my latest poem which will go up tomorrow for the ReadWritePoem prompt to be a voyeur…it seems appropriate to read the poem in a public place, doesn’t it? Closing the circle yet opening it at the same time? I’m going to make the video on Sunday and should have the video up here Monday and then I will submit it to them.

Good luck, everyone! Let us know in the comments if you’re going to give it a whirl! (Calling Paul Squires at hello, gingatao, you know we want to see YOU do one!! And Christine, over at MariaChristinaPoesia, I hope you check out the site and give a listen to Terry Wolverton’s piece which she reads at a yoga studio…for obvious reasons when you watch and listen!)

According to GuerrillaReads,

GuerrillaReads is an online video literary magazine. It’s a space for writers to share their work with the wider world, through video. Got a piece of writing you’d like to submit? Click here for submission guidelines. Never created a video before? Click here for tips on getting started.

Here at GuerrillaReads we have an unabashed preference for emerging, underappreciated and as-yet-undiscovered writers. Those whose work is published by small, independent presses, and those who’ve never been published at all. That said, if Margaret Atwood, V.S. Naipaul or Jeannette Winterson submitted guerrilla reading videos to us, we’d give them equal consideration.

What is a “guerrilla reading?” It’s a reading of a literary work that takes place out in the real world, not in the rarified atmosphere of your local bookstore, library, conference facility or sports arena. Guerrilla readings take literature to places where literature is not expected. Perhaps even where literature is not welcome.

GuerrillaReads is looking for videos of writers reading their own work, in unexpected, real-world settings. Guidelines:

1. The video must show the author reading his or her own fiction or poetry.

2. The reading should take place in a real-world setting and should not be formally staged.

3. Videos should be no more than eight minutes long.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2008 5:03 pm

    Thanks for the link!

    Hope to see your video soon.

  2. September 6, 2008 9:08 pm

    What a fun idea! I’ve been making videos and then writing poems to go with them, as if I were narrating a fake dream. This project sounds like fun. Thanks for linking to read write poem too. Looking forward to viewing your vlog-poem. You’re right, this particular prompt is well-suited to the way you are presenting.

  3. September 7, 2008 11:59 pm

    What a great idea. I wish had the technology to do it. Maybe on the mobile I can do one. The idea with the voyeurism is cool and very you too, conceptual artist that you are. (Oh by the way I found Yoko Ono’s blog if you’re interested, link in my sidebar) And I think your video being voyeurism should definitely include those legs of yours. Whoops there’s Christine, sorry to be such a knucklehead man, sometimes I forget I am a ‘poet’. Haha.

  4. September 8, 2008 2:17 am

    Christine, are you posting these on YouTube or your blog and I’ve missed them? They sound cool! I look forward to checking them out!

    Paul, try the phone! Your pieces are short enough I think you could make it work! Mr Bean reads poem=prose thingies!

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