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Call for Entries to the Festival of Visual Poetry 2008

The Festival of Visualized Poetry was launched this week by in its initial effort at promoting interest in visual poetry over the internet. The festival is open to anyone who can produce a 1 to 10-minute Video Poem, a format of poetic expression which combines poetry with sounds, music and visual images.

Long Beach, CA, March 12, 2008 --( is itself a recently launched website which primarily showcases Video Poems, and whose stated goal is to promote visualized poetry as an emerging genre in the renaissance of poetry in the 21st Century. “In many ways, we are like YouTube, except that we specialize in presenting poetry combined with music and images,” says Tansel Yilmaz, one of the website’s founders.

The Festival will be open to the public, 18 years and older. It will run for at least six months and could be extended up to one year. The poems can be original composition, or previously published poetry on a wide range of subjects ranging from love to social commentary. “There is so much material out there, already in the public domain that can be used in this contest from the works of William Shakespeare to Edgar Allan Poe, that one does not have to be a poet to participate” says Rod Underhill, the Chief Visionary Officer and General Counsel of “The participants, however, must have the visionary creativity and imagination of a poet combined with the talent for video editing and production – the kind of stuff a lot of people already do on YouTube,” Mr. Underhill adds.

The winning entries will be included in a full-length feature film documentary on visualized poetry which will be produced and released in DVD. Mr Underhill, who is also one of the original founders of the widely successful internet company, says the festival “provides a good opportunity for budding new artists, poets, film directors and producers to get their works published by becoming part of a documentary film project which will be submitted to film festivals, released through television and sold to the public as DVDs.”

The submission of entries starts this week through direct uploads to its website, Entries can also be sent by mail in DVD/CD/VD on standard, popular video file formats – (Quick Time, AVI, swf, wmv, flv, mpeg, rm, vob, 3gp, asf.) to 1628 East Appleton Street, Long Beach, CA, 90802.

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