Poets Reading the News is a non-profit digital publication and performance series bridging journalism and poetry, cofounded with Jenna Spagnolo in September 2016. The digital platform has thus far highlighted hundreds of stories from international writers, ranging from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and world-renowned poets to academics and emergent writers. Notable contributors include Joy Harjo, Craig Santos Perez, Lauren Camp, Philip Metres and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright. Our mission is to enact poetry’s vital cultural function as a processor for violence, cultural complexity, and political change. Moving coverage of the Oakland Ghostship Fire, gun violence, the Trump presidency, climate change, #MeToo, and international conflict has attracted a devoted audience on social media and at live events. You can visit the publication here.
Poets Reading the News also curate innovative, topical and creative events in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, ranging from workshops on complicity and erasure poetry to multidisciplinary performance happenings. In the past, we have hosted open mics, poetry readings, dance performances, art installations, community workshops, and fundraisers. In addition, we lead Poets Reading the News workshops at writing centers and universities.