Arts in Nature Festival 2018 – Cadence Video Poetry Showcase

Festival events take place Aug 25 & 26, ~12.00–8.00pm

Forum screenings at the festival:
Sat Aug 25: 3.00–4.00pm
Sun Aug 26: 2.30–3.30pm

Arts in Nature Festival takes place at Camp Long in West Seattle, at 5200 35th Ave SW.

For full schedule details on each day, visit AINF’s homepage.

Adult/Individual     $16 advance / $20 day-of
Seniors/Students 18+     $12 advance / $16 day-of
Kids aged 10-17     $8 advance / $10 day-of
Kids under 10     Free!

Adult/Individual     $10 advance / $12 day-of
Seniors/Students 18+     $8 advance / $10 day-of
Kids aged 10-17     $5 advance / $6 day-of
Kids under 10     Free!

Friend of the Festival: $50
A Friend of the Festival ticket includes a sponsorship for a low-income youth to experience the festival who would not be able to attend otherwise. You will receive a Full Weekend Pass, “Friend of the Festival” button, a special gift, and an exclusive invitation to our VIP Lodge Lounge event on Saturday, August 25. Thank you for your support!

Scholarships available: Please call 206-923-0917 for more information.


Drop by the Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long in West Seattle to see what local videopoets are up to! The festival centers art, nature, and neighborhood, encouraging artists and audience members to engage in active participation with each other, other art disciplines, and with the natural 68-acre landscape of Camp Long.

NWFF is curating a session of videopoetry that will screen in the lodge, centering the festival concept of Convergence. Selections include works by Pacific Northwest artists featured at Cadence: A Videopoetry Festival in April 2018, programmed in collaboration with Chelsea Werner-Jatzke. Videopoetry is the synthesis of two types of imagination—where verse meets visuals in motion to create meaning that would not exist if the text was without image, the image without text.

Arts in Nature Festival is presented by Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association.

Participating Artists:

Barrett White

Barrett White is a writer, editor, and artist currently based in Seattle. Since 2014, he has edited Tagvverk, a journal of digital literature. He previously served as Exhibition Coordinator for INCA (Institute for New Connotative Action) Seattle, and has worked variously for art and cultural institutions in the Pacific Northwest, including the Henry Art Gallery, Wave Books, Corridor Festival, and Red May. He received his BA in English from Florida State University and MFA from Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. Recent writing has been published in or is forthcoming from Hysterically Real, Gauss PDF, Emergency Index, Small Po[r]tions, Fanzine, Full Stop, Document Journal, and elsewhere. His visual art has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently in Helsinki, FI; Dordrecht, NL; and Los Angeles, CA.

Ben-Alex Dupris + Alex Goetz

Ben-Alex Dupris is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. He was a 2017 Sundance Institute producers fellow, and spent several months on the ground during the occupation at Standing Rock, North Dakota. During this time, he worked with The Redford Center, Ford Foundation, Bertha Docs, Sundance Institute, and the Executive Alliance of Boys and Men of Color to bring the social justice issues of Native American people to the forefront. He has also worked for VICE, Disney, and HBO.

Alex Goetz is a two-time Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker and photographer, who has been recognized by Nat Geo Wild as winner of the 2016 “Wild to Inspire” film competition at Sun Valley Film Festival, and a 2017 TEDx presenter. An Ohio native whose extensive travels have taken him from the countryside of Tasmania, to Alaska, the vibrant islands of the Caribbean, and road-tripping around four amazing African countries. documenting wildlife. Alex has worked with Nat Geo Wild, Kodak, the National Park Service, and PBS.

Deborah Poe + Hassen Saker

Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections keep (Dusie Press), the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Her visual works—including video poems and handmade book objects—have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle), as well as online with Bellingham Review, Elective Affinities, Peep/Show, Trickhouse, and The Volta.

Hassen Saker is primarily a transmedia creator working with text, photography, video, and sound for her thematic projects. She’s also a documentary filmmaker who produces, directs, writes, shoots, edits, and scores. She does freelance photography and video promos/reels. ​If you’re interested in her poetry books, writing projects, or events, please visit

Eliot Michl

Eliot Michl is an American poet and artist. She creates poetry films to accompany some of her written works using travel footage from her travels.

Fiona Tinwei Lam

Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored two poetry books, Intimate Distances and Enter the Chrysanthemum and the children’s book, The Rainbow Rocket. Her poetry and prose appear in over 30 anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010. She co-edited the non-fiction anthology, Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood, and edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poetry about Facing Cancer. Her video poems have been screened locally and internationally. She currently teaches creative writing at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Kamari Bright

Kamari Bright is a St. Louis-born creative whose work focuses on introspection and understanding, from a personal and societal standpoint. She has created three short films, and is currently working on a new project titled “Respek”.

Nisha Burton

Nisha Burton is a creative filmmaker who uses her degree in Digital Arts and Film to incorporate an element of magic into all of her projects. With a skilled cinematic eye she is able to blend animation, digital effects, and cinematography.

Rebecca Starkey

Rebecca Starkey is a Seattle based filmmaker and video editor at She recently graduated from Central Washington University’s film program, where in her senior year, she received the Entre Rios Book’s Emerging Filmmaker Award. This led to the creation of this film to accompany the book of poetry, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts. Keeping with the poetry’s themes of women’s health, Rebecca’s mother, Sandy, acts as the model in the film as she herself has struggled with chronic illness (and also loves her daughter enough to lay still for hours on end). The film was shot using stop motion animation in order to bridge the gap between the book’s artwork, poetry, and reality.

Shin Yu Pai + Michael Barakat

Shin Yu Pai is a poet, cross-media artist, and curator for the collaborative global exploration project Atlas Obscura. Her poetic origins inform an artistic style that has grown beyond the written word—manifesting in photography, installation and public art, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and sound. She recently completed a two-year term as the fourth poet laureate of the City of Redmond.

Michael Barakat is a designer, front end developer, photographer, video artist, and shoemaker. He got his start with film working on a college sports television show where he eventually worked his way up to assistant producer head editor. From there he transitioned into the art department on a few feature films – building, decorating and dressing sets, and managing and making props. His love of technology brought him back to the editing room where he learned more about leveraging motion graphics and animation. These core skills became mainstays in his day to day life as a designer and artist as he began using them to communicate the complex ideas in the tech industry. In our modern and often ambiguous professional world this chameleonic approach to design, art and development has kept him and his clients well afloat.

Sierra Nelson + Rachel Kessler

Sierra Nelson is a Seattle-based poet, performer, installation artist, and teacher. Her books include forthcoming The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily Press), and lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press) made with visual artist Loren Erdrich and winner of NYU’s Washington Square Review Collaboration Award selected by Anne Carson. Her poems have appeared inside Seattle Metro buses and at the Seattle Aquarium, with Nordic runes on lava stones in Reykjavik, Iceland (debuting at SIM Gallery in Iceland and remounted at Seattle’s The Project Room), checked out with keys from the lobby of the Bridge Motel (R.I.P.), in sound boxes on Denny Avenue for All Rise, on the historic Wave Books Poetry Bus Tour and subsequent music+poetry anthology Pink Thunder (Black Ocean), and in journals and anthologies such as Alive at the Center, Crazyhorse, Tin House, Pleiades, The Seattle Review of Books, and Poetry Northwest.

Rachel Kessler is a writer and artist based in Seattle, Washington. She has found herself singing sea shanties in The Henry Art Gallery’s men’s public restrooms to encourage hand-washing and the reading of poetry. As a teaching artist she works with homeless adults, people in recovery, youth in detention, and a whole squirrely passel of kindergarten through high school kids as a Writer in the Schools. She has written about earrings and vaccinations, breasts, books, postpartum depression, eating and hair removal for The Stranger, Mutha, and Seattle Review of Books. Her work has been anthologized in Ghosts of Seattle Past, WA129, and The Open Daybook. Her poems and video poems are featured in Narrative Magazine, Poetry Northwest, The Awl, and PANK. Her essays and comics appear in Literary Hub, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Seattle Arts & Lectures, and elsewhere. An avid collaborator, she is a founding member of the Typing Explosion and the Vis-à-vis Society. Her collaborative poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Tin House, TATE, and USA Today. The Frye Art Museum and the Bellevue Art Museum have featured her collaborative installations. Her literary performances have premiered at DIA, The Bowery Poetry Club and the Poet’s House through the New York Public Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Arizona Poetry Center, and toured US and Canada’s east and west coasts with the Wave Books Poetry Bus, sharing the stage with John Ashbery and Billy Collins, as well as during the 50th Venice Biennale. She has received numerous grants and awards for her collaborative and solo work. Currently, she walks and talks with people along Yesler Way.

Troy Osaki

Troy Osaki is a Filipino Japanese American writer, performer, and teaching artist from Seattle, WA. He has received a fellowship from Kundiman and is a Youth Speaks Seattle alum and mentor. His work has been featured by platforms such as Buzzfeed, the Seattle International Film Festival, and online literary journals. He’s a three-time Seattle Grand Slam Champion, a grassroots organizer with Anakbayan Seattle, and a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law. Troy writes in hopes to build a safe and just place to live in by uniting the people and reimagining the world through poetry.

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