Launched in 2016, Poets Reading the News is a digital newspaper that publishes original poetry about current events.


We are dedicated to keeping Poets Reading the News free and accessible the world over. To support journalism in verse, we encourage you to become a patron via our Patreon account. We also accept tax-deductible donations through our fiscal sponsor.


20264903_10154729790435108_3886673052303138646_nELLE AVIV NEWTON

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. Newton also leads the publication’s editorial art and digital design. Learn more about her on 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