Poets Reading the News is a non-profit digital publication bridging journalism and poetry launched in September 2016. We also host workshops and a dynamic performance series. 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.
Poets Reading the News has 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.
You can subscribe to the Sunday Edition, our newsletter with the week's fresh-pressed poetry, or check out our website. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.
With Poets Reading the News, I have curated a range of topical creative events in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, ranging from writing workshops on complicity and erasure poetry to multidisciplinary art performances. In the past, these have included open mics, poetry readings, dance performances, art installations, community workshops, and fundraisers.