Participating Poets & Presenters

...more to be announced soon!

Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, throughout National Poetry Month. Cadence fosters critical and creative growth around the oft overlooked medium of video poetry. Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image.

Rana San is an artist and arts administrator whose creative practice melds dreamwork, written word, body in motion, video poetry, and analog photography. She’s interested in the ways we relate to ourselves, each other, our surroundings, the unknown, and the new meanings that are made in spaces where artistic mediums meet. In community, Rana crafts collective experiences that elevate the work of artists and activists using film, media, and contemporary performing arts to incite connection. She has developed and produced cultural festivals, museum programs, and intimate creative salons in Seattle, Istanbul, and Barcelona and currently serves as the Artistic Director at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA where she co-directs the annual Cadence: Video Poetry Festival.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is co-director of Cadence: Video Poetry Festival and author oft he chapbooks 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. Her video poetry has been published on H_NGM_N TV and screened as part of Lit Crawl Seattle, Tuf Love at King Street Station, and Love is Weird at Cairo Gallery. Earlier this year she presented on the Several Lives of Multimedia Text during the &Now Festival at University of Washington Bothell. She has collaborated with artists across many mediums to create gallery exhibitions, live performances, and broadsides as she explores the liminal spaces of the literary arts.


George Abraham is a Palestinian American poet from Jacksonville, Florida. They are the author of Birthright (Button Poetry, 2020), and the chapbooks: the specimen's apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and al youm (TAR, 2017). He is a Kundiman and Watering Hole fellow, and recipient of the College Union Poetry Slam International's Best Poet title. Their work has been published with the Paris Review, American Poetry Review, LitHub, Poem-A-Day, and Bettering American Poetry. He is currently based in Massachusetts, where he is a PhD candidate in Bioengineering at Harvard University, studying neural control of movement.

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Amy Baskin

My work is currently featured in Bear Review, River Heron Review, and is forthcoming in Pirene's Fountain. I am a 2019 Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, a 2019 Oregon Literary Arts Fellow, and a 2019 Oregon Poetry Association prize winner. When I'm not writing, I match international students at Lewis & Clark College with local residents to help them feel welcome and at home during their time in Oregon.

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Ty. Brack

Ty. Brack is a poet, Hip hop artist, teacher, and youth organizer from Tigard, OR. His poetry has been published in Northwest Passage and will be featured in WritersResist and Eve Poetry Magazine, and his music is available on all major digital streaming platforms. Additionally, he can be seen competing and performing at the wonderful Portland slam poetry events Slamlandia and Portland Poetry Slam. Believing that poetry and the spoken word is vital for social and emotional growth, Ty.Brack also organizes youth poetry jams in his community, providing young poets the opportunity to perform, workshop, and network.

Instagram and Spotify

Regie Cabico

Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, Tedx Talks, NPR's Snap Judgement & MTV's Free Your Mind. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He has been on faculty at Kundiman, Banff Arts Center and NYU Asian Pacific Studies Artist in Residence. Mr. Cabico received the 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers for his work teaching youth at Bellevue Hospital. The Kenyon Review named Regie Cabico the "Lady Gaga of Poetry" and has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and through Howard Zinn's Portraits Project at NYU, has performed with Stanley Tucci, Jesse Eisenberg & Lupe Fiasco. He is publisher of Capturing Fire Press and producer of Capturing Fire Slam in Washington, DC.

Sean Cearley is a former artificial intelligence researcher in computer literature. Now he tricks computers into generating concrete poetry when they think they're generating art. He posts concrete poems weekly on twitter and on mastodon at If you don't want to remember that, everything is compiled on

Zaji Cox

Zaji Cox has been creating stories since she started reading at age three, discovering her passion for writing with her first short story at age nine. She began seriously considering it as she went on to write and self-publish a fantasy/adventure novel by the time she was thirteen, later writing a collection of short stories for her high school senior project in 2012 that she self-published in a compilation book in 2016. She holds a BA in English, and her prose and poetry have been published in Pathos Literary Magazine, The Sunflower Collective, Entropy Magazine, and The Portland Metrozine.

Angela Dribben’s first book, Southern Comfort (a full-length poetry collection), is due out in 2021 from Airlie Press. She attended Bread Loaf 2018 as a contributor and is a student in Rainier Writing Workshop’s MFA program. She is a finalist in the 2019 Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Poetry Contest. Her poetry and essays can be found or are forthcoming in Motherscope, Crab Creek Review, Crack the Spine, Sisyphus, Cirque, Mudfish, decomP, New Southern Fugitive, and others. Look for her as feature poet in Pink Panther March 2020! Insta: @angeladribbenwriter

Darius Kazemi is an internet artist under the moniker Tiny Subversions. His best known works are the Random Shopper (a program that bought him random stuff from Amazon each month) and Content, Forever (a tool to generate rambling thinkpieces of arbitrary length). He has a small army of Twitter and Tumblr bots that he builds because they make him laugh. He founded NaNoGenMo, where participants spend a month writing algorithms to generate 50,000 word novels, and Bot Summit, a yearly gathering of people who make art bots. He cofounded Feel Train, a creative technology cooperative.

Nadine Fiedler

Nadine Fiedler has been writing poems in Portland for many years. Her poetry will be included in Verseweavers, the Oregon Poetry Association’s 2020 anthology. After a long career in communications, she is now devoted to writing poetry and continuing her freelance writing and editing work.


Miguel Rodriguez [he/him/his] (rapper name, Mike Firm) is a Mexican-American immigrant that has lived in Portland for the past 5+ years. For the majority of his life he navigated the world as an undocumented/DACAmented individual; hesitation, fear, and doubt informed his decisions. However, music and poetry provided him with the tools necessary to express himself, even if the future wasn't guaranteed.

You can catch him making music and beats, empowering and advocating for his community through Portland Through a Latinx Lens, and mentoring/tutoring students and youth. Just to name a few.

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Maryam Gabriel-Imam (pronouns they/she) is an Egyptian poet, scholar, singer-songwriter, translator, disabled performer, and tenderqueer caterpillar. They hold a masters in Middle Eastern Studies from the City University of New York, and they currently teach History at Rosemary Anderson High in Portland, OR. They are also the up-and-coming bilingual drag performer and activist, Baba Yusef. Maryam/Baba is currently working on mixed-media poetry performances incorporating live music, drag and spoken word, breaking the boundaries of who gets to participate as artist or audience. Their current focus includes writing about home as absence, land as space that speaks, solidarities and community lovemaking, and interrogating while reshaping what it means to heal as a postcolonial body. Maryam is also working on their/her first and forthcoming chapbook, Pynk Volvo Blue Apocalypse (2020).


Larissa Hammond is an American artist who grew up in a Trinidadian immigrant family in Indiana. They hand dug a magical music pit near Forest Park in 2008 after leaving architecture school and eventually graduated with an MFA from OCAC + PNCA in 2012. In December 2014 they were named by Modern Painter Magazine as 1 of 25 Artists to Watch, and in 2017 they had their first solo exhibition at Tube Factory artspace. You can find Larissa online at, and @thisgodisahomeplanet.

Ally Harris is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, Dispersal (The Song Cave, 2019), Her Twin Was After Me (Slim Princess Holdings, 2014) and floor baby (dancing girl press, 2011). She has poems in Denver Quarterly, Bennington Review, BOAAT Press, Grist Journal, Salt Hill, The Volta, and more. She was the recent recipient of a Regional Arts & Culture Council Grant for a project related to her reading series Submission, based out of Portland, OR. You can follow her on Twitter at @submissionpdx.

Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, editor, publisher, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 4 books of fiction: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Imagine a Death (The Operating System, 2021), and 2 books of creative nonfiction: Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015) and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about interspecies communication, plants & personhood, the filmic long take, slowness, the apocalypse, architectural spaces, plant & animal medicine, inherited trauma, and the concept of han in Korean culture, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She combines shamanic and energetic healing with plant & animal medicine and teaches workshops on inherited trauma, healing, and writing. She is Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Contributing Editor at Fanzine, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. She currently lives in Portland, OR where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University. She can be found online at

Dr. Raina J. León, Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006) and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, CantoMundo and Macondo, has been published over 50 publications in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and academic scholarship. Her first collection of poetry, Canticle of Idols (2008), was a finalist for both the Cave Canem First Book Poetry Prize (2005) and the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (2006). Her second book, Boogeyman Dawn (2013), was a finalist for the Naomi Long Madgett Prize (2010). Her third book, sombra: dis(locate) was released February 2016, Salmon Poetry. Her first chapbook, profeta without refuge, was released in September 2016 through Nomadic Press.

Tor Lowell

Tor Lowell is a jack-of-all-trades: a quiet poet with a photographer’s eye and a beginning zine-maker with a penchant for calligraphy, their work often explores trauma, abuse, memory, and self-creation. Their writing has appeared in QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, Peculiar: A Queer Literary Journal, and Rhythm & Bones, among others. Their photography has appeared in Homology Lit and Minute Magazine. They blog at and can be found on twitter and instagram @write_tor.

Poet. Grandma. Activist. G.L. Morrison has been writing queer, intersectional, fat anthems to love and justice for over 30 years. She is State Chair of the Oregon Communist Party USA. Her inside voice is very loud.

Find out more on facebook, twitter: @glmorrison, goodreads or her personal website.

Nicky Nicholson-Klingerman

Nicky Nicholson-Klingerman studied journalism at Northwestern University. Over the past decade, she has performed and published numerous poems and short stories. In 2018, she re-entered the world of theater by co-writing and starring in the sold-out performance of The Little Mermaid’s Project. She then completed the playwright mentorship program through the AGE Theater Collective, and her first play will be produced by PDX Playwrights in February 2020. When she’s not performing, she is turning princesses into princes and creating worlds with her words.

IG: themixedupwriter, Twitter @Nickythewriter.

Tiffany Overby

Tiffany Overby (she / her) has been voting in Portland, OR since 1998, hailing originally from Wisconsin. She has loved poetry since birth along with free range writing and creating art of all sorts. Often she is lurking in aisles 110f -111 at Powell's, fondling ferns or cataloging street graffiti.

That said, the Winter Poetry Festival is her debut. Enjoy.


Megan Savage

Megan Savage is a multi-genre writer living in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in Spork, Subtropics, Barn Owl Review, and Blunderbuss, and has been nominated twice for Best New American Voices. She holds degrees from Bard College and Indiana University, where she served as Fiction Editor of Indiana Review. Currently, she teaches writing at Portland Community College in Portland, OR.

Joal Stein is a civic curator and writer focused on investigating spatial and social power through contemporary culture, working across art, urbanism, architecture, and social engagement. He has worked with non-profits, governments, and institutions in Oregon, New York, Miami, Utah, Washington, Louisiana and California, and internationally in Colombia, Venice, Ethiopia, and India. He has received an Autodesk Foundation Design Futures Fellowship, Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, a Banff Curatorial Residency, and has been a Cultural Agent for the U.S Department of Arts and Culture.He can be found at @joalstein and

Anna Vo

Anna Vo is a radical educator for 8 years in over 20 countries in Inclusion, Refugee Support, Trauma-Informed Care, and Racial Justice. Editor of an internationally renowned publication for People of Color that has been going for 6 years, and a speaker, artist and musician who has exhibited and toured in Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and the States. Anarchist and local festival organizer.

Ken Yoshikawa

Ken Yoshikawa is a half-Japanese American Third Culture poet and actor based in Portland. He recently released his first book of poetry Monster Colored Glasses, with Lightship Press.

Ken has performed in plays in Oregon, Washington, and New York City. This Spring he will play the title role in The Journal of Ben Uchida at the Oregon Children's Theatre.

You can follow him at @yoshakeawaken and @backflip.jupiter.

Dupree West

Simply, Dupree West is an everyday man. Nothing remarkable about him. He’s quite possibly the most average man out in the world. However, his spirit infects all who come in contact with him. His smile will light up any room. The bonds he creates last forever. And his ability to love is simply remarkable. Oh, and he’s a Gemini, so there’s that.