This week I was interviewed by the iconic Lois Reitzes of Atlanta's NPR station about my editing and curatorial work. You can listen to the full interview here (our conversation begins at the 8:32 mark) or read an excerpt of the conversation below.
Lois Reitzes: Why do you think the platform resonates with its audience? You also have a decent readership. Does that go back to the emotion that you think was lacking?
Elle Aviv Newton: There’s this almost cataclysmic feeling, especially if you’re in a particular political position in this country right now, that there is this bait of feeling hopeless. If you want to, the option is there for you. Poets Reading the News is a place where creativity comes alive to begin to express hope, and resilience, and endurance in an era that feels very uncertain and where people are feeling like they don’t have as much control over whats happening on a national scale as they would like to. For that reason, arts becomes so integral to feeling any sense of safety, any sense of connectivity, and really reaching into a sense of community right now. Those principles are just so important to what’s going on. Poets Reading the News really resonates for people because it provides all of those things.
Here's a link to the poem by Clare Welsh, "Parts Unknown", read at the end.