Verse Meets Visuals To Celebrate Poetry Month

Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) hosts “Cadence: Video Poetry Festival” in April. Programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Rana San, this series of video poetry screenings is entering its third year.

In 2020, Cadence moves online for the first time, given Washington State’s Stay Home, Stay Safe mandate. With works by 83 artists from 20 different countries, selected from an open call for submissions and solicitations, this year’s festival features five themed showcases of short films.

Each screening is priced on a sliding scale, from free to $25 in five-dollar increments. Half an hour before showtime, ticket-purchasers will be sent a password to watch the film on Each program will remain embedded on the Forum’s website and available to watch for 24 hours from the listed PST showtime. Festival passes to view all five screenings are available. All festival proceeds support NWFF’s move to an online platform. Screenings take place  April 15 to April 19.

Natachi Mez will be NWFF’s 2020 Cadence Artist-in-Residence. When the cinema reopens to the public, the Forum will support Mez in the development of a new video poem.

More information about NWFF and Cadence can be found at