An international archive of multimedia poetry.

Started in 2020 on International Poetry Day to bring poetry in the voice of their authors to an international community isolated by the pandemic, the collection now houses over 500 audiovisual poems from all over the world in various languages. Today we count with the collaboration of Kulturhuset Islands Brygge in CPH, Bokens Hus in Turku, Finland, and Kultivera in Tranås, Sweden, who feature the collection in their activities. Our collection also tours to poetry and film events, with a focus on climate, culture, and reconnecting our communities.

For 2023, the Poetic Phonotheque is preparing its third NATURE & CULTURE – International Poetry Film Festival, along with collaborations with various organizations in the Nordic region and Latin America. Read below for more or send us your poem!

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OPEN CALL: The Poetic Phonotheque is currently partnering with South.Nord in Stockholm, Sweden, to launch the following invitation:

Calling all visual poets of African descent in the Nordic region!
We invite you to submit your contributions of poetry in short film formats including experimental film, animation, video collage, and short film.
The jury will curate a selection that will be presented at the Southnord poetry evening to be held during the Southnord Artfest at Kulturhuset in Stockholm.

Important dates:
– Submission Deadline: 15 September 2023
– Selection Announcement: 30 September 2023
-Poetry evening: 27 October 2023

Jury members:
Marcia Harvey Isaksson, founder of Southnord @southnord.artspace
Elizabeth Torres, founder of The Poetic Phonotheque @detpoetiskefonotek
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Poetry Film Festival in KBH:

Performing arts and activism often go hand in hand, used as tools to deliver messages in need of their voices being represented. In this case, it isn’t a voice or a minority, but an entire planet that needs to be spoken for by those inhabiting it… the main threading line being poetry in interdisciplinary media.

That is the concept behind “Nature & Culture – International Poetry Film Festival”, which features the audiovisual poetic language found in a selection of screened films, from documentaries to short films, experimental and poetry films, all which discuss the connections between humanity and nature.

Learn more about the festival on the main menu’s page for it, coming up this November 25th, 2023 digitally and in Copenhagen’s oldest (and most beautiful) independent cinema, HUSETS BIOGRAF.

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The Danish Headquarters:

RED DOOR is a gallery based in Copenhagen, but also an arts quarterly magazine released internationally. It collaborates with various organizations for the hosting of the festival, among them Kulturhuset Islands Brygge who spearheaded the initiative, and Husets Biograf who hosts the yearly event in its cinema.


Kirjan Talo / Bokens Hus are cultural organizers in the city of Turku, Finland, and combine visual arts, poetry, publishing and performance to strengthen the cultural environment of their city and region. They joined the partners of Poetic Phonotheque in 2023 and are placing resources to the mapping and organization of the collection.


Kultivera is based in Tranås, Sweden, where they host a vast variety of events, including a fringe festival called Tranås at the Fringe. They’ve been collaborators of the Poetic Phonotheque since 2022 and participate in the festival with their own selection of films.

The Online Collection:

Let us keep the momentum of the Poetic Phonotheque by guiding it to the documentation of the subjects that inspire, move, and matter to our society.

For this reason, this second open call asks for poems in every language, from every nation and in all poetic / performative styles, with the theme of INDIGENOUS HERITAGE as central topic, as well as environment, nature, and in connection to this how we envision the future.

Festival Poster, 2023
Festival Poster, 2022

The Poetic Phonotheque (Det Poetiske Fonotek) is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, founded by Red Door and directed by the poet and multimedia artist Elizabeth Torres (Madam Neverstop).