Cadence: Video Poetry Festival


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

Photo credit, this page: Triptych, by Barrett White.

* Cadence is programmed in collaboration with Chelsea Werner-Jatzke. *

Video poetry is language as light. As an art form, video poetry is lucid and liminal—on the threshold of the literary and the moving image. It articulates the poetic image visually, rather than metaphorically—it shifts words from page to screen, from ink to light. A video poem makes meaning that would not exist if text was without image, image without text. It is language-based video work or a video-based poem. Video poetry is a literary genre presented as visual media.

Cadence Call for Entries

NWFF is accepting video poetry submissions for inclusion in the April 18, 2019 screening of Cadence Video Poetry Festival. We are looking for works no longer than 5 minutes 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 videographer or video artist and poet.
  • 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.

Cadence Video Poetry Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.
Submission deadline: March 1

Please direct questions regarding submissions to NWFF Artistic Director Rana San at

Cadence Screenings

Thursdays in April, video poetry alights on screen!

April 4: Showcase of Pacific Northwest artists, curated by local literary and media organizations.

April 11: Packages from fellow video poetry festivals around the world.

April 18: Selections from open call for entries.

April 25: Outcomes of video poetry workshops, artist residency, jury award winners, and video poetry discussion.

Cadence Workshops

Weekend workshop instructor and dates TBA!

Capture your unique cadence in a collaborative workshop that will take you from conception to premiere screening. Poets and video artists are invited to create new works of cinepoetry. This workshop will be lead by a poet and video artist who, through guided writing and filming exercises and group feedback, will support your creative process. Participants will have access to the NWFF editing lab over the month of April to complete their cinepoem. This is a chance for writers to consider words visually and for filmmakers to approach images poetically. Workshop participants get complimentary admission to the final screening on April 25 with a guest!

Cadence Artist in Residence

Throughout the month of April, Cadence will host its first Artist in Residence who will have access to NWFF resources including edit lab and gear use to develop a new video poem. The final piece will screen at the closing program on April 25.

2019 Artist in Residence to be announced!

Jury Awards

Video poems will be eligible for an award within their submission category:

  • Adaptations/Ekphrasis
  • Collaboration
  • Video by Poets
  • Poetry by Video Artists

Jury members to be announced!

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is the author of Adventures in Property Management (Sibling Rivalry, 2017) and Thunder Lizard (H_NGM_N, 2016). She is co-founder and director of Till, a literary organization that offers an annual writing residency at Smoke Farm in Arlington, WA. She is outreach coordinator for Conium Review and was previously managing fiction editor at Pacifica Literary Review. She has received support from Jack Straw Cultural Center as a writing fellow, from Artist Trust as an EDGE participant, and from the Cornish College Arts Incubator. She’s received writing residencies from Vermont Studio Center and Ragdale Foundation. Werner-Jatzke has taught creative writing through Seattle Central Community College and served on the board of Lit Crawl Seattle. She received her MFA from Goddard College, during which she was editor-in-chief of Pitkin Review and founded Lit.mustest, a now-defunct reading series.

Past editions of Cadence:

The Cadence that started it all!

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