Cadence Video Poetry Festival 2022 [Hybrid]


Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Râna 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.

Apr. 21–24 *

2022 Festival Program

Short film programs at NWFF (in-person Apr. 21–24; online Apr. 21 – May 1):

Cadence 2022 Awards:

Satellite short film programs:

Live, collaborative workshops:

Literary resources:

Cadence 2022 Artists-in-Residence

Kamari Bright

Kamari Bright (@kamari_bright) is a poet, videopoet, and creative that is heavily inspired by her life lessons and observations.

Hannah Villanueva

Hannah Villanueva (she/her) is a visual artist specializing in photography and videography. She began her journey in the arts when she picked up a camera in her teens, and started to shoot ephemeral portraits, nature landscapes, and content for brands and magazines. She soon found a love for film and has worked in an array of roles as a cinematographer, director, writer, producer, and editor.

She is currently residing in Seattle (occupied Duwamish land) where she is available for hire as a freelance creative.

Cadence 2023 Artist-in-Residence call for applications will resume in the fall!

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



Northwest Film Forum selects an artist or artist team of two to develop a new video poem for inclusion in Cadence: Video Poetry Festival each year. The selected artist(s) will have access to NWFF’s film equipment and edit lab, as well as an opportunity to receive training or participate in a scheduled workshop to develop or supplement their filmmaking and/or editing skills. The Artist-in-Residence will be asked to participate in a post-screening conversation with festival co-directors and other participating artists.

The Artist Residency launched in 2019 as part of the festival’s commitment to fostering the generation of new video poetry. 

2019: Catherine Bresner
2020–2021: Natachi Mez

Artists or artist teams of two residing in Seattle, 18 years of age or older.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Final deadline for consideration is 11:59pm PST, February 28, 2022. 

To apply, complete the application form with the following:

1) Letter of Interest (not to exceed 500 words, .pdf or .doc format): Please provide a written statement describing your interest in this residency, interest in and/or experience with video poetry, and how this opportunity would contribute to your creative practice.


Audio/Video Statement (not to exceed 1.5 min in length): Please provide a short audio/video clip describing your interest in the residency, interest in and/or experience with video poetry, and how this opportunity would contribute to your creative practice.

2) Work Samples: Up to three (3) representative samples of writing, poetry, artwork, and/or video work. Please send any writing samples in .pdf format, artwork or images as high-resolution .jpg or .png, and online links for video work (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.).

3) Artist Website: If applicable, please include a link to your website. Applicants do not need to have a website to be eligible.

The Artist-in-Residence will be selected on the basis of their distinct vision and voice, as demonstrated in work samples, and their commitment to developing new work within the medium of video poetry.

The Artist-in-Residence must meet the following deadlines and produce a finished work for one of the festival screening dates. Workshop participation, edit lab, and gear use are optional, though highly encouraged.

February 28, 2022 – deadline for application
Early-March 2022 – all applicants notified of decision
March – Mid-April 2022 – residency @ NWFF 
April 21–24, 2022 – single screening of final video poem within one in-person showcase of Cadence: Video Poetry Festival
April 21 – May 1, 2022 – on demand screening of final video poem within one online showcase of Cadence: Video Poetry Festival

Please direct questions to NWFF Artistic Director Râna San at

Meet the Jurors:

Hali Autumn

Hali Autumn

Collaboration Award

Hali Autumn is a multi-disciplinary artist working across film forms and movement, instrumentalizing allegory and poetic symbology, while exploring human truths and personal mythology. Her preferred medium is film-making, which she uses for the transmutation and translations of these themes. She is the curator and organizer for the South Sound Experimental Film Festival, which debuted at the Northwest Film Forum this past November (2021).

Rachel Kessler

Rachel Kessler

Video by Poets Award

Rachel Kessler is a writer, cartoonist, multi-disciplinary collaborator and educator who explores landscape and community. As a mother of young children with limited resources she experimented with boundary-breaking performance art and video, co-founding interactive poetry collaborations Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society. Her work is deeply rooted in place: she lives and works on Yesler Way, the Seattle street her ancestors immigrated to, worked on, worshipped on and died on. She is working on a community cartography project called “Profanity Hill: A Tour of Yesler Way.” As Artist-In-Residence at public housing project Yesler Terrace, (where her great grandparents lived) she and community members activated a vacant apartment slated for demolition with live music, poetry and story-telling, potlucks, dancing, and collective murals. She co-founded the collective Wa Na Wari, a residential reclamation project centering Black art and media in Seattle’s Central District. Currently she is working on a children’s book about abortion and illustrating a poetry guidebook of the Pacific Northwest urban shore.

Photo credit: Kelly O

 Anne de Marcken

Anne de Marcken

Northwest Artist Award

Anne de Marcken is a writer and interdisciplinary artist. Her credits include multimedia installations, short and feature-length films, and hybrid fictions and realities of various lengths. She is author of the lyric novella, The Accident: An Account (Spuyten Duyvil, 2020), and her writing has been featured in Best New American VoicesPloughsharesNarrative, EntropyGlimmer TrainSouthern Indiana Review, on NPR’s Selected Shorts and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship (2017) and has been awarded the Howard Frank Mosher Prize for Short Fiction, the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Prize, the Mary C. Mohr Short Fiction Award and the Ploughshares Emerging Writer Award in addition to numerous jury and audience prizes for her experimental feature film Group (2002), notable for its groundbreaking use of video-to-film and streaming technologies, as well as its emergent narrative and queer/feminist subject matter. Recent site-specific works include Invisible Ink (2017) and Invisible Ink: Homeless (2018) two process-based engagements with the peril and privilege of invisibility, and The Redaction Project (2016), an interdisciplinary interrogation of narrative, words and loss. Her work across disciplines has garnered grant and fellowship support from the Millay Colony, Jentel Foundation, Centrum, Artist Trust and the Hafer Family Foundation. Anne lives with her wife, fellow artist Marilyn Freeman, in Olympia, Washington, where she runs The 3rd Thing, an independent press dedicated to publishing interdisciplinary, intersectional work.

Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai

Adaptation/Ekphrasis Award

A 2014 Stranger Genius Award nominee, Shin Yu Pai is the author of ten books of poetry. Her work has appeared in publications throughout the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, The United Kingdom, and Canada. Poems have been commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art twice and her work is also featured in the Poetry-in-Motion Program sponsored by DART. She has been a featured presenter at national and international literary festivals including the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival and the Montreal Zen Poetry Festival.

Zachary Schomburg

Zachary Schomburg

Poetry by Video Artists Award

Zachary Schomburg is the author of 6 books of poems including, most recently, Fjords vol. 2 (Black Ocean 2021), and a novel, Mammother (Featherproof 2017). He does the small poetry press, Octopus Books, and is also a painter, illustrator, and teacher. He lives with B and Y in Portland, Ore.


Female-Identifying Artist Award

Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. Hedgebrook’s Program Team is thrilled to partner with Cadence to act as juror for the Female-Identifying Artist Award!

Cadence 2023 call for entries will resume in the fall!

Cadence accepts works that fit within the following categories of video poetry.

  • 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 2022 are now closed.

Read about past editions of the festival at the foot of this page.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Cadence Co-Director

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.

Râna San

Râna San

Cadence Co-Director

Râna San is an intermedia artist, curator, and night dreamer pondering language and lineage, intimacy and interdependence. In community, Râna crafts collective experiences that elevate the work of storytellers, artists, and activists using moving image media and contemporary performing arts to cultivate connection through creative expression. She has developed 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 in Seattle, WA where she co-curates year-round programming.

Past editions of Cadence:

A modern browser is required to view this site.

Please update your browser.

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

Notify me when new films, events, and workshops are coming up!