Elle Aviv Newton is a fourth-generation daughter of Oakland, California. She works as a content strategist, writer, editor and cultural producer. She is a graduate of Mills College, where she studied history and art criticism, graduating magna cum laude in 2012.
Her writing and criticism has appeared in numerous publications, on radio programs and podcasts, and was recently adapted for the stage. She has been featured on NPR, KPFA, East Bay Express, Ivoh Mag, and other places.
She is editor of Poets Reading the News, a journal for the poetics of current events. The publication has featured U.S. Poet Laureates, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, renowned poets and emergent writers from around the globe. The journal has redefined the pace of the poetry world to match the speed and scope of the breaking news cycle as it advocates for the role of poetry in conversations about urgent topics from technology to politics, climate change to gun violence.
Newton's arts organizing developed at B4BEL4B Gallery in Oakland's Chinatown, where she has curated dozens of underground events, performances and art shows. She gives writing workshops, readings and talks in the SF Bay Area and beyond.