Elle Aviv Newton is a writer, editor and arts organizer based on Huichin-Ohlone land in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is Editor in Chief and cofounder of Poets Reading The News, the San Francisco-based 501(c)3 non-profit digital publication, print press, curriculum and event series that supports creative writing about current events.
Newton regularly leads literary workshops, presents at conferences, and organizes events locally and nationally. Her writing, advocacy and criticism has appeared in print and online, on radio including NPR and KPFA, and was recently adapted for the stage. She currently lives and works in Oakland.
Newton studied at Mills College, graduating in 2012. She moved to Los Angeles to curate at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, where she co-organized Niki de Saint Phalle's first posthumous exhibition. After moving to Bangkok to teach, she cofounded the Krung Thep Poetry Circle.
From 2015 to 2018, Newton was Writer in Residence at B4BEL4B Gallery where she organized exhibitions, performances, and talks, including Believe the Hype. In 2016 she launched Poets Reading the News, which to date has published nearly 1,000 original poems and has hosted readings, performances, talks and workshops in the Bay Area and across the U.S.
Note: COVID-19 has interrupted scheduled events.
On Political Poetry in the Post-Truth Era
New Orleans Poetry Festival 2020
From Bertold Brecht to Allen Ginsburg, from Maya Angelou to Zoe Leonard, poetry has long been working the front lines of political critique. In this context poetry has functioned as deft analyses of power, songs of mourning, intimate dispatches on marginalized experiences, and rallying cries toward radical dreams. What role, then, does poetry play in today’s fiercely divided media landscape? How can this technology, one at once ancient and pioneering, help us to investigate contemporary crises and gain steadier ground in the fight toward an equitable world? And is it possible that through poetry’s insistence on the inner consequence of outward indifference, that it holds the key to surviving both? In this panel happening, join Poets Reading the News editor Elle Aviv Newton in conversation with three gifted poets -- acclaimed journalist Yvonne Daley, poet and Palette editor Kim Harvey, and Poets Reading the News managing editor Michel Krug -- as we delve into 2020's surreal political landscape in order to investigate poetry's unique function of hope and truth-telling in uncertain times.
Northern California Writers Festival
Elle Aviv Newton will lead a 2-day workshop on digital publishing and creative journalism at the beautiful Mandala Springs retreat center in Lake County, California.
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