“Cell Watch: Strip Cell” pre-released at PEN America’s “BreakOut” at the Weisman Museum + Poetry Asylum

Sunday, September, 9, 2018: Minneapolis-based Poetry Asylum and the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) are teaming up with PEN America to present BreakOut: Voices From the Inside as part of a nationwide activation in commemoration of the 1971 Attica prison uprising––honoring the struggle for free expression in prison, and underscoring the importance of writing as an act of creative resistance and triumph.

In concert with artist Daniel McCarthy-Clifford’s “Section of Disapproved Books” project at WAM, Poetry Asylum is teaming up with PEN

Season 8 Motionpoem selected for Aesthetica Short Film Festival

‘Cranes, Mafiosos and a Polaroid Camera’ makes the official selection to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival as part of the Experimental category.

Congratulations to director Tash Tung and her 2x man crew who traveled from London to Kearney, Nebraska on a shoestring budget to make such a beautiful film adapted from a poem by Natalie Diaz.

Season 8 director of “Boy Saint” shortlisted for Cannes Lions

Motionpoems is delighted to announce that Season 8 director Tom Speers has been shortlisted for the Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for his film Boy Saint.

Boy Saint, adapted from the poem by Peter LaBerge, is part of the 12 film series Dear Mr. President and will be released later this year.

Shot in Ireland, this beautiful and captivating film discusses the nuances of sexuality and self-discovery during adolescence.

Congratulations and the very best of luck to Tom


Led by Executive Producer Claire McGirr, this year Motionpoems has decided to tackle issues that affect everyone. The Los Angeles premiere screening will take place on April 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Barge House in London.

Pairing filmmakers & poets to make creative content, Season 8 features 12 short films that tackle racism, LGBTQIA+ rights, immigration, women’s rights, gun control, educational & social welfare, judicial system reform, climate change, and news/media/social platforms.

Our poets include Tiana Clark, Natalie Diaz, Eve L.