Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2021 [Online]

Screening online
Apr. 16–25, 2021


Verse meets visuals during a series of cinepoem screenings, ekphrastic responses, and generative workshops celebrating National Poetry Month.

Coming Apr. 16–25, 2021

Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, 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.

The festival 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, Cadence fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.

2021 Festival Program

to be announced!

Cadence Call for Entries

Cadence accepts works that fit within the following categories of video poetry for inclusion in Cadence Video Poetry Festival.

  • Adaptations/Ekphrasis: Videos created to bring new meaning and dimension to pre-existing poetry. Any poems used for this purpose must be in the public domain or else used with written consent of the author.
  • Collaboration: Video poems created in collaboration between a video artist and writer.
  • Video by Poets: Poets creating video from, or as, their writing.
  • Poetry by Video Artists: Video artists using text visually or through audio intrinsic to the poetic meaning.
  • Wild Card: Video work that’s poetically informed or poetry that’s visually informed that doesn’t neatly fit into one of the other categories.

Submissions for Cadence 2021 are open through March 1, 2021!

Animated Poetry Workshop with Neely Goniodsky

Two Part Workshop (All-Ages)
March 7, 1:00-3:30 PM
March 14, 1:00-2:00 PM

A generative and collaborative all-ages workshop! Recommended for adults, youth ages 14+, and suitable for ages 10+ with adult assistance.

Using the medium of ground coffee and under the camera stop motion animation technique, together we’ll generate a visual interpretation of poetry with all the animated clips assembled into a single poetry film.

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Cadence Artist-in-Residence: Natachi Mez

** The Cadence Artist-in-Residence program provides resources and tools for the development of a new video poem to screen at the 2021 festival! **

Natachi Mez is a first generation Nigerian American writer, performer, emcee, and teaching artist from the Sacramento area in California. Natachi was a three time member of the Barnard-Columbia Poetry Slam Team. Together, they were two time finalists at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) and were awarded Best Poem and Spirit of the Slam. Natachi has featured at Oberlin College, Urban Word NYC, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Sol Collective, and has performed in Paris, Istanbul, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

Natachi was the selected student speaker for Columbia University’s 2019 Black Graduation, and her work can be found in RATROCK Magazine and on Write About Now. Natachi has founded, curated, and emceed concerts and poetry events. Whether as a performer or emcee, Natachi creates dynamic, interactive experiences that deepen audience engagement and celebrate community voice, making fluid the boundaries between featured artists and audience members. Natachi has worked with youth communities and people who are incarcerated to engage writing and rapping as tools of empowerment, interaction, and introspection. She has led writing and performance workshops at Tufts University, Rutgers University, Rikers Island, and more. Natachi is currently based in the Sacramento region.

Meet the Jurors:

Roland Dahwen

Roland Dahwen

** 2019 Cadence featured artist! **

Roland Dahwen is a filmmaker and visual artist. He has been a recipient of the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, an artist-in-residence at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Creative Exchange Lab, and a finalist for the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award. He has made videos with several poets and writers, including Samiya Bashir (Field Theories), Dao Strom (Traveler’s Ode, Flower Diatribe #1, Love|Object|Treason), and Stacey Tran (Haft-Seen).

Caryn Cline

Caryn Cline

Caryn Cline is a Seattle-based filmmaker, curator and educator, originally from the Missouri Ozarks.  Her short experimental, animated, found footage and “botanicollage” films have been screened at the Venice Biennale, Alchemy, the San Francisco Exploratorium, Antimatter, Experiments in Cinema, Anthology Film Archives, Analogia, and other festivals and venues.  Besides making films, she teaches handmade film techniques, is the Executive Director of the Interbay Cinema Society, and co-founder and co-curator of the Engauge Experimental Film Festival.

Catherine Bresner

Catherine Bresner

** 2019 Cadence Artist-in-Residence! **

Catherine Bresner is the author of the chapbook The Merriam Webster Series; the artist book Everyday Eros (Mount Analogue 2017); and the empty season, which won the Diode Edition Book Prize in 2017. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the VOLTA, b l u s h, Sixth Finch, The Offing, Heavy Feather Review, Gulf Coast, Passages North, Paperbag and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Juniper Summer Institute fellowship and the 2019 Cadence Residency through the Northwest Film Forum. Currently, she is the publicist for Wave Books and lives in Seattle, WA.

Nico Vassilakis

Nico Vassilakis

** 2018 Cadence featured artist! **

Nico Vassilakis writes poetry about reading seeing and draws language that focuses on the visual jettisoning of letters from their word position. He has published several books of poetry and text/art. Most recently VOIR DIRE was published by Dusie Books. Vassilakis co-edited The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 (Fantagraphics Books) and was a curator of several international visual/concrete poetry exhibitions. He currently lives in Greenville, IL with his wife and animals.

Cadence creators:

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is a writer exploring the liminal spaces of the literary arts. She is the author of the chapbooks Adventures in Property Management (Sibling Rivalry, 2017) and Thunder Lizard (H_NGM_N, 2016). Her interest in how words are experienced has led to solo work and collaborations with artists across media to create gallery installations, classical music performances, broadsides, karaoke, and video poetry. She is co-founder and director of Till, a literary organization that offers an annual writing residency at Smoke Farm in Arlington, WA and a museum communications professional.

Rana San

Rana San is an artist and arts administrator whose creative practice melds dreamwork, written word, body in motion, video poetry, and analog photography. She’s interested in the ways we relate to ourselves, each other, our surroundings, the unknown, and the new meanings that are made in spaces where artistic mediums meet. In community, Rana crafts collective experiences that elevate the work of artists and activists using film, media, and contemporary performing arts to incite connection. She has curated and produced cultural festivals, museum programs, and intimate creative salons in Seattle, Istanbul, and Barcelona and serves as the Artistic Director at Northwest Film Forum.

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