Cadence 2023 – Somatic Spiraling: The Body as a Creative Resource [In-Person Only]

Apr. 30 from 5:30–6:30pm PT

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The body is a spiraling source of information, holding memory, intuition, and shifting energetic avenues. Often, writing is considered a disembodied act, but the physicality of this practice exists on a much deeper level than simply excavating the mind for language. How might different areas of the body be conduits to the subconscious? How might exploring these spaces allow us to tap into uncharted areas of our creativity?

In this workshop, Amy Hirayama and Emily Mundy will combine movement, guided meditation, and sensory exploration with generative writing prompts to steer writers through the energetic channels of their own bodies, in hopes of accessing surprising information for their creative work. Our intention is to offer mechanisms of somatic travel to support participants in deeper poetic listening and processing.

How to prepare:

  • Participants are invited to bring a cushion or mat to sit on the floor. Chairs will be provided for those who need it.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and socks for movement.
  • Writing utensils and paper will be provided, you are welcome to bring your own notebook.


Amy Hirayama

Amy Hirayama

Amy Hirayama is a Hapa writer and educator from Seattle, Washington. She is currently a writer-in-residence with the Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers in the Schools program. She also works as the residential workshop administrator for Clarion West. Food, family, humor and nature are her favorite things, so she writes about them a lot, sometimes all at once.

Emily J. Mundy

Emily J. Mundy

Emily J. Mundy is a Seattle-based poet who believes in writing as a force that can heal, transform, and illuminate. Her work reveres the mystical nature of language and often explores spirituality. She is proud to have made her home in the Pacific Northwest, and hints of this landscape reverberate throughout her poems. Emily is the creator of The Poetry Séance—a quarterly reading and workshop series curated to enliven poetry shows and embolden local writers, each season at a time. She holds an MFA in Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell, and shares a realm with her two cats and one beloved typewriter.

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Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum and programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.

Festival image credit: corps minéral, dir. Charline Dally @charline_dally Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin

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