Poets Reading the News is the world’s only newspaper written entirely by poets.

Founded in late 2016 by Elle Aviv Newton and Jenna Spagnolo, Poets Reading the News publishes original writing about current events. It also engages in a dynamic reading and workshop series from its headquarters in Oakland, California. We are a nonpartisan platform committed to a diversity of opinions and innovative investigations into truth-telling and cultural reflection. Our staff writers include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, literature professors, activists, seasoned poets and emergent writers sharing perspectives on current events from around the globe. We believe in the power of poetry to transform the world and how we see each other. Furthermore, we believe that at a time when the mainstream news has lost its way, poetry allows us to witness and process current events with greater integrity and intelligence.

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About the Editors


A poet, editor, art critic and curator, Elle Aviv Newton is a fourth-generation native of Oakland, California where she is writer in residence at B4BEL4B Gallery. Newton has lived in numerous cities around the world including Bangkok where she founded the Krung Thep Poetry Circle. She is coeditor and cofounder of Poets Reading the News; she also leads the publication’s editorial art and digital design. Write to her at elle@poetsreadingthenews.com or visit her website.


The child of a journalist, Jenna Spagnolo knew they would be a writer at a young age. Jenna regularly reads their poetry in the San Francisco Bay Area and is one-half of the brains behind Poets Reading the News. Jenna is skilled at connecting people, activating collaboration and strength in others, and is a professional communicator, journalist, and digital marketer for nonprofits. Write to them at editors@poetsreadingthenews.com.