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. 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.



Jenna is the co-editor of Poets Reading the News. Jenna is a regular presence on radio shows and at poetry readings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Jenna is skilled at connecting people, activating collaboration and strength in others, and is a professional communicator, journalist, and digital marketer for nonprofits.




Sara Aboulafia is a songwriter, vocalist, poet, essayist, editor, copywriter, grant writer, and occasional satirist from Oakland, California. She’s most inspired by interdisciplinary work by and about women and queer folx that reaches beyond the borders of discipline and genre to tell the truth. She is working on grant-writing with Poets Reading the News.


Selene Ross is an artist and writer based in Oakland and originally from the Bay Area. She lived in artist and activist collectives in Santa Barbara and Berlin and now coordinates the efforts of a Berkeley environmental non-profit. She runs a writers’ workshop and a creative non-fiction guild. She assists Poets Reading the News on social media and events.


Kristin McCandless is reading, writing, and helping create the first episodes of the Poets Reading the News podcast. She has an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University of Los Angeles.