Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is a writer from New York City living in Seattle.
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Here you can read most of the writing I've published, listen to some of my readings, watch some collaborations I've done with other artists, buy a broadside of one of my poems, and find out what sort of busy I am. I am doing endless backflips for you.
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.
In collaboration with the Northwest Film Forum I programmed Cadence: A Video Poetry Festival in celebration of National Poetry Month. Two years I made my first video poem and am so excited to continue to learn from the form during this inaugural video poetry festival. In its first year, the festival includes Cadence: Core Sample, a kickoff screening and panel discussion featuring Amaranth Borsuk, Tom Konyves, and Nikkita Oliver; Cadence Workshop led by poet Shin Yu Pai and video artist Gretchen Burger; and Cadence: Cross Section, a Pacific Northwest-focused selection of solicitations, submissions, and the outcomes of the workshop.
IDK, a video poem I created in collaboration with visual artist, Shaun Kardinal, was exhibited during Capitol Hill art walk in February at Cairo as part of Love is So Weird. This was my first time presenting video work and it was very cool of Emily Pothast to include a literary piece in an art show that also included some serious bad asses like Kimberly Trowbridge, Jazz Brown, and Brandon Vosika. Shaun and I are editing the gallery video into a piece for publication and I hope we can share it with the world super soon.
Happy New Year! My poem, "Controversial Fossil," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Bodega Magazine. They published the piece in their September 2015 issue and I thank them for that as well as for the nomination. A broadside of the same poem was recently completed by Sarah Hulsey, a print maker I met while at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work is fantastic and I hope you'll check out more of what she makes. It's honor to have someone illustrate, create plates, design, and letter press a limited run of one of my poems. I couldn't be more excited about the completely incorrect science behind these two skulls being mounted together.
I've arrived at the Vermont Studio Center for a month of reading, writing, editing, submitting, and swimming. Tomorrow I'll have access to a used bike—let the explorations begin. Springtime on the East Coast feels so good, thanks to thunderstorms. I'm excited to play with my work in the coming weeks but for now I am stuck on the view from my studio.
My lack of updates has not been for a lack of things to date. Most recently I recorded a podcast for Ordinary Madness with Steve Barker. Have a listen. AWP was a great time, big thanks to Beecher's Review for inviting me to read at their offsite event.
In the adaptation of my story, "Tony's Theme," I arranged for the Columbia City Youth Theater Group to visit Jack Straw Productions (the original publishers of the story) and work on sound production. While there, they produced a radio drama of their screenplay, the short film of which will be forthcoming in 2015. I can't wait to see what these talented kids do with it next.
Fun fact, The Review Review of Beecher's Magazine mentions my story, "Prodigal of Smiles" as their favorite piece of fiction in the Beecher's Fall 2014 issue. Another fun fact, the Till chapbook is bound and ready for you. The release is tomorrow at Canoe Social Club starting at 9 pm, right after the galleries close for Capitol Hill Art Walk. They are $6 and there are only 50 - Copies are available at Open Books in Wallingford.
Found out recently that my story, Every Arrangement, was selected as second runner up in Sonora Review's Fiction Contest judged by Matt Bell. I'm excited to see it come out in their upcoming Issue 66. Last week I began working with the Orca K-8 Drama Club on adapting my story, Tony's Theme, into a short film and I'm excited about partnering with Jack Straw Productions on the audio when we get to post production. Lastly, you can now purchase Sweet Nothing: A Manifesto at Elliott Bay Bookstore, as part of the Furnace chapbook series.
I have just begun working as the fiction editor for Pacifica Literary Review. Also recent, pieces written during the inaugural year of Till are rolling in and soon enough we will begin binding the chapbook! Additionally, looking forward to potentially seeing a story I wrote while a 2013 Jack Straw Writer, being adapted into a play by middle school students.