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 highlighted hundreds of stories from international poet-journalists, ranging from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and world-renowned poets to academics and emergent writers. In this way, we 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.
We 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.
Our first book is set to be released in early 2018.