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Elle Newton is an editor, writer, designer and cultural producer based in San Francisco, California. Her writing, advocacy and criticism has appeared in print, online, and on radio such as NPR and KPFA, and has been adapted for the stage. She has been featured at panels at AWP, the New Orleans Poetry Festival, Cal State University East Bay and Vermont's Green Mountain Writers Retreat. She teaches workshops on writing, publishing and community-building at schools, writing centers and creative spaces.


Newton is editor-in-chief of Poets Reading the News, the 501(c)3 organization for poetry about current events. The journal has published over 1,000 poems from Pulitzer Prize winners, national poet laureates, and writers from over 25 countries. Through its editorial fellowship program, Newton has mentored dozens of editorial fellows in the art and practice of editing and publishing.


From 2015-2018 Newton was Writer in Residence at B4BEL4B Gallery in Oakland. At B4BEL4B, Newton organized dozens of events, including exhibitions, workshops, salons and panels on poetry, technology, journalism, language and community-building.ย 


In 2018, Newton's documentary poem about Oakland's art warehouses in the wake of the Ghostship fire, "Afterward," was adapted for the stage, directed by Victor Talmadge and performed by the Mills Players.


In 2022, Newton was the recipient of an ALEPH Kesher fellowship.


She holds degrees in art criticism and history from Mills College, where she was was awarded the Herringer Prize for her research on post-Perestroika women artists, and mentored by Dr. Moira Roth. She studied history at University of California, Los Angeles.

Elle heads Trailsend Creative, a design and branding studio. She has created a large library of editorial art, web design, and UX/UI design for nonprofits, tech startups, events, news journals and art orgs.

RECENT ENDEAVORS

PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

Digital Publishing & Social Change
Vermont Green Mountain Writers Conference

Poetry Strikes Back: A Panel Happening
Cal State University East Bay

Journalism in Verse
New Orleans Poetry Festival

Collabs, Communities and Collectives
New Orleans Poetry Festival

Post-Truth Investigations: Curator Talk + Film Screenings
Oakland, CA

Believe the Hype: Journalists on Activism & Fake News
With Kashmir Hill, Joe Viex & Susie Cagle
Oakland, CA

Emergent Media Lab: Var Poetics = Functions
B4bel4b Gallery, Oakland, CA

SELECTED EVENTS

(Sur)Realpolitik: On Political Poetry in the Post-Truth Era
15 April, New Orleans Poetry Festival

Catharsis: A Poetry Reading in collaboration with on-off.site
23 January, Virtual

Illuminations: An Immersive Poetry Installation
15 December, San Francisco, CA

Seeking Asylum: A Poetry Reading
5 November, San Francisco Public Library

Believe the Hype: An Exhibition on Digital Activism
May 17 - June 27, B4BEL4B Gallery

Redtape: A Stage Performance
Directed by Victor Talmadge and performed by the Mills Players
Mills Theatre
28 April


SELECTED READINGS

Beastcrawl Literary Festival
Oakland, California

โ€‹โ€‹The Waves Series at Antenna Gallery
New Orleans, Louisiana

Phoenix Bookstore
Rutland, Vermont

Association of Writers & Writers Programs (AWP) Off-Site
Portland, Oregon

The Poetree of Life
New Orleans, Louisiana

B4BEL4B Gallery
โ€‹Oakland, California

"Inside my empty bottle, I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships."
- Charles Simic

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