Poets Reading the News is the groundbreaking literary journal for original poetry about current events. Launched in 2016 in Oakland, California, our publication provides breaking poetic-journalism coverage on a diverse range of critical contemporary issues - from gun violence to the Trump presidency, technology to #MeToo, Black Lives Matter to climate change. We also host workshops and events in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We are open to submissions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Read our submission guidelines in full here.

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Poets Reading the News is looking for our next superstar volunteer Assistant Editors to provide editorial guidance for our fast-paced and globally-respected poetry platform. Without these volunteers, we wouldn't be able to keep up with increasing submissions, nor would we have space for innovative visions, voices and ideas! We are currently searching to build the team for our winter season (November-February) and our spring season (February-May). If you're interested in getting involved in a relevant and ambitious poetry publication, this is for you.


Poets Reading the News is a literary platform focused on the poetry of current events with a dynamic publishing program, upcoming print releases, workshops and events, and a deeply cool community of writers! Launched in 2016, Poets Reading the News publishes extraordinary, original works by innovative writers around the world, covering everything from gun violence to politics, from #MeToo to Black Lives Matter, and from climate change to obituaries. Please visit www.poetsreadingthenews.com to get closely acquainted with the platform. These are volunteer positions in a largely volunteer-run organization.



The volunteer Assistant Editor helps with processing our large rate of general submissions and supporting the editor in chief (EIC) in the regular operations of the literary journal. This includes reviewing submissions, providing thoughtful notes for the EIC on those submissions, locating works from the archives to highlight on our platform and newsletter, and learning to format and publish accepted works both in our journal and on social media. This requires a three month time commitment of six to ten hours per week and can be done remotely from any part of the world.



Fascination with the news, dedication to the poetry world, commitment to professional growth, interest in getting involved with a literary organization, clear communication skills, the ability to read, think, and speak critically, and someone who will bring their unique skills, life experiences, and background to this work.

We are committed to equity. POC, LGBTQI+, and women applicants strongly encouraged to apply.


Looking forward to hearing from you!


We have an ongoing open call for poetry about current events. Topics of interest include - but are not limited to - politics, technology, climate change, world events, obituaries, gun violence, race, gender, immigration and cultural coverage.

Before you submit, please review our submission guidelines.

One submission may be under review at a time; each submission can include up to three (3) poems.

We particularly encourage writers of color, women writers, LGBTGI+ writers, emergent writers, and writers near and far to submit their work.

Poets Reading the News is the groundbreaking digital news platform for original poetry about current events - we call it journalism in verse. Launched in 2016 from our Oakland headquarters, our publication has provided breaking poetic-journalistic coverage on a diverse range of critical contemporary issues - from gun violence to the Trump presidency, technology to #MeToo, Black Lives Matter to climate change. Visit our journal at www.poetsreadingthenews.com.

Thank you so much for sharing your writing with us. We look forward to reading your poetry!

Poets Reading the News