Octopus Books risograph print

HOW HELD

2014 VOICEMAIL POEMS
2019 OCTOPUS BOOKS

He holds my birthday like a national holiday.


A poem about an emotionally abusive partner leaving a voicemail on my birthday six years after moving to the other side of the country.

Originally published in 2014 by Voicemail Poems, it later found new life when it was selected to be part of a broadside collection, risographed by Zachary Schomberg of Octopus Books.











CHELSEA WERNER-JATZKE



PERSONAL

A writer exploring the liminal spaces of the literary arts. She is the author of two chapbooks and has fiction, reviews, and poetry published widely. Her interest in how words can be 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 Cadence Video Poetry Festival at Northwest Film Forum and Till, a literary organization that offers an annual writing residency at Smoke Farm in Arlington, WA.

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Approaching communications and marketing with a storyteller’s craft and a poet’s ear. I have over a decade of experience increasing engagement with meaningful brand experiences through creative approaches. My unique blend of marketing, programming, and writing skills allows me to understand and connect with a wide spectrum of audiences. As a content strategist I have defined and produced end to end experiences for artists, consumers and stakeholders. As a digital marketing manager I’ve grown followings and margins across industries.

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