Elle Aviv Newton is a writer, editor and community organizer from Oakland, California.
Newton's arts organizing developed at B4BEL4B Gallery in Oakland's Chinatown, where they have curated numerous underground events, performances and art exhibitions. They give readings, talks and workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Their writing and criticism has appeared in print, on national radio, and was recently adapted for the stage.
Newton is Editor in Chief of Poets Reading the News, a journal and event series for the poetry of current events cofounded with J Spagnolo in 2016. The journal has redefined the pace of the poetry world to match the speed and scope of the breaking news cycle. It advocates for the role of poetry in shaping urgent conversations on technology, politics, climate change, gun violence, immigration and world events. It features Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, renowned poets, and emergent writers from over 25 countries. The Poets Reading the News anthology Breaking is set to be released in November 2019 with Senseless, a collection of poetry about gun violence, to follow in Spring 2020.
Newton has lived, studied and worked around the world, including Bangkok, Penang, Luang Prabang, Los Angeles, Big Sur and Firenze. They currently reside in Oakland, California where they enjoy being hyper-local for the time being.
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