Welcome to the Poets Reading the News photo challenge! Every week, we share a photograph from recent news coverage and writers have six days to submit an original poem inspired by the image. The winning work will be selected for publication on the Poets Reading the News platform and shared with thousands of readers via our newsletter and social media channels. Good luck!

Our next photo challenge starts 9/25.




“The Span of a Year” – Taylor Balfour

“Incantation Against Burning Amazon Rainforests” – Stephen Scott Whitaker

“Not Wolf” – Danielle Mitchell

“Three Eulogies” – Monaye

“Moving Money: A Sermon” – Jane Yolen

“Gweilos” – The Poet Mj


“Death by the Numbers” – Mary Turck

“40 Acres and a Tool” – Mernine Ameris

“Ghosts in the Machine” – Chandra Steele

“Exclusion” – Emily Jo Scalzo

“Harvest” – Devon Balwit

“Masters of the Universe” – Alejandro Escudé

“A Day Made of Atoms Like Ours” – Jed Myers