Tom Konyves' videopoems exhibit the formalist concerns in the integration of text, image and sound to explore the poet's role in a technology-oriented world. As a member of Montreal's first artist-run centre Vehicule Art, Tom Konyves was instrumental in the forming of a group of 7 poets, The Vehicule Poets, who “produced some of Montreal's most original multimedia performances, collage texts, videopoems, literary magazines and books." (The Montreal Gazette, April 3, 2004)
His publications include 6 books of poetry, most recently Perfect Answers to Silent Questions, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, BC. He initiated many public poetry projects, such as Poésie En Mouvement/Poetry on the Buses, and Montreal's first Concrete Poetry Exhibition; he produced and co-hosted an 11-part Radio-Canada series, Quebec's Anglophone Poets and he designed The Great Canadian Poetry Machine, an interactive Telidon-based project for Vancouver's Expo 86, promoted as "Canada's first computerized anthology of contemporary poetry.”
In 2008, he began research in the field of videopoetry, publishing the ground-breaking Videopoetry: A Manifesto in 2011, whose aim – to define the hybrid genre, assign constraints and categories to differentiate its various manifestations and specificities – envisions a distinction between the poetic and the poem, a qualitative distinction that not only insists on the presence of some form of written or spoken language and the avoidance of direct illustration, but also a self-referential, anti-narrative function for its structural components. The Manifesto has garnered more than 20,700 views from 67 countries. He has been invited to address numerous festivals, conferences and symposiums, curated screenings presenting his vision of the genre of videopoetry. He lives in White Rock, BC.