Book trailer videos have become a fashionable way for publishers large and small to promote new titles in the age of YouTube. We thought it would be more interesting to make a videopoem, however, and luckily enough, the first filmmaker we approached — poet, novelist and regular qarrtsiluni contributor James Brush — loved the manuscript and was inspired to make a short film for the poem “drylung.” He blogged about why he chose this poem at Coyote Mercury. We wrote about our interest in videopoetry in the announcement post at qarrtsiluni. You can watch the video on the home page of this site.

We’re not sure if the budget will support this every year, but we sure hope so. The initial reaction has been very positive.