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Project Censored Annual Book Release Celebration
November 14th, 2017
Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Petaluma, CA

Poets Reading the News performs at the Project Censored and Media Freedom Foundation’s annual book release celebration at the Lagunitas Brewing Company. A portion of the evening’s proceeds go to the SRJC Fire Relief Fund Sonoma State Fire Victims Fund.

This Is Not A Reality Party x Poets Reading the News
October 21st, 2017
5pm – 10pm
Royal Towers, San Francisco

Poets Reading the News celebrates its first year of publishing journalism in verse! You are invited to the literary party of the century, hosted at the gorgeous Royal Towers in San Francisco’s North Beach, featuring stunning views of the city. Art installations, dance, and poetic performance will bring the night to life. The fun will go beyond this one night — all sales from tickets the bar and donations go toward publishing the first Poets Reading the News book! 

Poets Reading the News @ Beast Crawl
September 2nd, 2017
5-6 PM at Itani Ramen in Oakland, CA

Poets Reading the News participates in this year’s Beast Crawl, the largest literary festival in Oakland.  The audience hears poetic reflections on the news from writers Thea Matthews & Moira Roth, along with interactive work from Poets Reading the News editors Jenna Spagnolo and Elle Aviv Newton. Find out more at the Facebook event page.

The Poetics of Propaganda @ Believe the Hype
Friday, June 16th, 2017
B4BEL4B Gallery

B4BEL4B Gallery’s Believe the Hype exhibition, curated by Poets Reading the News co-editor Elle Aviv Newton, culminates its program series in this expansive night of exploration, conversation, intellectual exchange and art performance. Featuring Poets Reading the News and hosted by Jenna Spagnolo, the night features a critical data mining workshop and original dance performance by Sin Adjetivo. Poets and thinkers will unravel the night’s themes of propaganda, the Internet and new activisms. Words courtesy of local legends Sarah Kobrinsky, AJ Dent, and Tova Ricardo.

That Feeling When When Trump Gets Inaugurated OPEN MIC
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
B4BEL4B Gallery

Join us for a night of sparkling literary madness against the machine! MCs Jenna Spagnolo and Elle Aviv Newton, coeditors of Poets Reading the News, will host a cathartic evening of poetry and conversation to mark a day that once existed far beyond our wildest imaginations: the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Commiserate! Activate! Become the politically empowered entity you wish to see in the world!

Emergent Media Lab Series: Poets Reading The News
Saturday, September 17th, 2016
B4BEL4B Gallery

Curators Elle Aviv Newton + Jenna Spagnolo present a multi-dimensional event exploring the electric borders of poetics, activism, and technology. It is the launch of Poets Reading The News, an innovative digital media project that bridges journalism and poetry. The evening features the artist collective Saito Group, an anonymous group of writers, designers and hackers in support of the right to the city, data rights and economic solidarity. Saito Group’s crowdsourced Twitter poems will be streamed in projected installations. The group will participate in an anonymized Q&A with the curators.