So is this poetry, or journalism?
Yes, and yes. Poets Reading the News is a platform for a new genre of writing. These poems are fact-checked, subjectively honest, and emotionally powerful. We call it “journalism in verse.” Our digital platform has highlighted hundreds of stories from international poet-journalists with diverse perspectives on how it feels to live through the political, environmental, or cultural moment. Poets Reading the News processes the machinations of a complex world.
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Are the poets reacting to the news, or reporting it?
Both. We’ve been really proud to feature some incredible original reporting. Take a look, for example, at Thriveni Mysore’s poetry about a lake that caught on fire in her town. Or at the many first-person perspectives we published on hurricanes and wildfires, now common because of climate change. Or at the pieces focused on identity in this deeply asymmetric world. Or at the obituaries that have affected us deeply and personally.
How did this start?
In Oakland, California, artists and activists are confronting the sharpest edges of our world with extraordinary vulnerability and honesty. Two poets who met at Mills College, Jenna Spagnolo and Elle Aviv Newton, noticed that poetry had incredible power and visibility to play this role, but that there wasn’t a place to harness the creative zeitgeist. So we set out to build it. Poets Reading the News launched in fall of 2016.
I want to submit my work. What is the submissions process?
We look forward to reading your work! We publish non-solicited poetry and prose and have an open call 365 days a year. We are interested in original, innovative, and previously unpublished work from established poets and emergent writers from around the world. Submitting is free and always will be. Please read the submissions guidelines here.
How can I support you?
Thank you – we are growing with the support of amazing readers and writers like you!
We are entirely reader-supported. The best way to support Poets Reading the News is to subscribe through our Patreon account or to make a tax-deductible donation with our fiscal sponsor. We rely on an unconventional subscription model: generosity. We like it that way because it works for everyone.
There are other ways, too. Read a poem. Share it if you love it. Connect with us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Tell your friends about us. Attend our events. And we love to hear from our readers, so don’t be afraid to drop us a line.
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