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Inprint Presents: Poetry Lab x Poets Reading the News
27 April 2018
Houston, TX

Inprint, Houston’s premier literary arts organization, presents Poets Reading the News for an evening workshop. Join founders and editors Elle Aviv Newton and Jenna Spagnolo as they share strategies that welcome writers into the act of documenting and witnessing rapidly-shifting political and cultural landscapes through the art of poetry. Participants at this poetry lab will have the opportunity to share their writing and should be prepared to get creative and inspired. Grab your tickets here!


Dr. Niyi Osundare, Dr. Jack Bedell, and Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy.

Poets Reading the News @ New Orleans Poetry Festival
20-22 April 2018
New Orleans, LA

Poets Reading the News co-editor Elle Aviv Newton hosts The Poetics of Journalism in Verse, a panel discussion featuring poets J. Todd Hawkins, Abigail Carl-Klassen, and fellow editor Jenna Spagnolo. This dialogue will explore the new genre of poetics emerging in the post-truth era and its blend of personal response and journalistic technique. Both editors will also be featured in Sunday’s talk Collabs, Collectives, and Communities with LIVE! Mag editor Jeffrey Cyphers Wright.


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The Poetree of Life Open Mic
20 April 2018
New Orleans, LA

The creators behind Poets Reading the News and LIVE! Mag invite you to join a unique and casual open mic poetry reading before the New Orleans Poetry Festival. Underneath the boughs of a iconic tree in New Orleans, the Tree of Life, poets will gather to share stories and poems.


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Create Against Complicity x Poets Reading the News
21 December 2017
Oakland, CA

Why has it taken so long for news of sexual harassment and political collusion to reach the shores of our headlines? How do we keep this conversation alive, beyond trending? What does opposition to complicity look like? And how do we identify complicity and create a culture without it? Join us as we explore these questions through community discourse, poetics, and engaged artistic practice.


Project Censored Annual Book Release Celebration
14 November, 2017
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.


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This Is Not A Reality Party x Poets Reading the News
21 October 2017

San Francisco, CA

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
2 September, 2017
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
16 June 2017
Oakland, CA

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
19 January 2017
Oakland, CA

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
17 September 2016
Oakland, CA

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.