About The Poetry Deal

The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima is an impressionistic documentary and a story about poetry, rebellion, and artistic integrity. Poet, prose writer, playwright, teacher, mother, and revolutionary activist Diane di Prima started writing at the age of seven. She ultimately became known as an important writer of the Beat movement. This lyrical and energetic film explores her life and work in a visually and narratively poetic film with rare intimate interviews.

[V]isually powerful and provocative, and a tribute to this unique poet’s transformative alchemy as thinker, visionary, and trail-blazer. I highly recommend this documentary to literary scholars, students, writers and anyone interested in the culture of these complicated times.
— Anne Waldman, Poet, Co-founder and Distinguished Professor, Jack Kerouac School, Naropa University
The film is a visual poem — a great way to experience DiPrima direct.
— Bob Holman, Bowery Poetry Club, Endangered Language Alliance, and Visiting Professor of Writing
...The Poetry Deal...is faithful to the buzzing sense of boundary-less joy that made the Beats so special.
— Educational Media Reviews

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Included in the “Beat Film exhibit,” Museum of American Poetics
November, 2013


Cornelia Street Café    
New York City
with pianist Melody Fader and poet James Navé
January 29, 2013


Schnitzer Cinema, Pacific Film FestivalUniversity of Oregon
Eugene, OR
December 12, 2012


Houston Cinema Arts Festival
Houston, TX
November 11, 2012


John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Queens College/CUNY, New York City
Sept. 26 2012


Michigan Women’s Music Festival
Walhalla, MI
August 2012


Brooklyn Public Library 
with poets Barbara Henning and Jim Behrle
March 7, 2012


Unnameable Books
Brooklyn, NY
with poets Ammiel Alcalay, Ana Bozicevic, and Rachel Levitsky
October 19, 2011


Bowery Poetry Club
with poet Barbara Henning
New York City
September 24, 2011


Dixon Place, “Our Material Lives”
with poets Ana Bozicevic, Carolyn Crumpacker, and members of the feminist press Belladonna
New York City
September 13, 2011


Bowery Poetry Club
with poets David Henderson and Barbara Henning
New York City
August 7, 2011


Out North
screening with 5 local poets
Anchorage, AK
July 27, 2011


Barnes and Noble, 86th Street 
with poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan
New York City
June 29, 2011 


Trailer for The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima