Cadence Video Poetry Festival
Welcome to Cadence Video Poetry Festival!
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.
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.
6th Annual Cadence Video Poetry Festival Apr 27–30 [In-Person] & Apr 27 – May 7 [Online]
Submit your video poem
Apply for the Artist Residency
The Cadence Artist-in-Residence program provides resources and tools for the development of a new video poem to screen at the festival.
Applications are open through Feb. 5, 2024.
Submit your poetry book
Cadence hosts a virtual Poetry Book Fair as a literary resource to share the work of artists the festival has featured and worked with over the years. If you are a current or former Cadence participant, we’d love to include your book in the lineup!
See the 2022 edition of the book fair here >
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 is an intermedia artist, curator, and night dreamer pondering language and lineage, intimacy and interdependence. In community, Rana 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.
Touring Showcase Archive
Frye Art Museum – Cadence 2023: Through the Lens of Lenses [In-Person Offsite]
MoPOP Matinee Takeover – Cadence Video Poetry Showcase [Offsite]
Seattle Art Museum – Cadence 2022: Internal Tides [In-Person Offsite]
Jack Straw Cultural Center – Cadence 2022: As the wind is breathing [Online + In-Person Offsite]
Westlake Jamboree 2021 – Cadence Video Poetry Showcase [Offsite]
PNW Mini Lit Fair 2021 – Cadence Video Poetry Showcase [Offsite]
Common Area Maintenance 2020: Cadence Video Poetry Showcase [Outside]
Henry Art Gallery 2020 – Sight Lines: Cadence Video Poetry Showcase [Online]
Winter Poetry Festival 2020 – Cadence Video Poetry Showcase
Arts in Nature Festival 2019 – Cadence Video Poetry Showcase
Cascadia Poetry Festival 2019 – Cadence Video Poetry Showcase
Northwest Micropress Fair 2019 – Cadence Video Poetry Showcase
Arts in Nature Festival 2018 – Cadence Video Poetry Showcase