Poets Reading the News is the groundbreaking digital 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-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 publish unsolicited original poetry and prose about current events from around the world. We are open to submissions 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 

Read our submission guidelines in full here.

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We have an ongoing open call for poetry about current events. Topics of interest include: politics, technology, climate change, world and U.S. news events, obituaries, gun violence, race, gender, immigration, and culture.

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-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. Visit our platform at www.poetsreadingthenews.com.

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

Welcome to the Poets Reading the News ekphrastic poetry challenge! Every week, we share a photograph from recent news coverage and writers have six days to submit an original poem. The winning work is published in Poets Reading the News and shared with thousands of readers. Good luck!


NEWS PHOTO OF THE WEEK: HARRIET TUBMAN


Harriet Tubman’s placement on the new $20 bill, slated to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote, has been cancelled. Trump's treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin has announced that no new imagery will be introduced for the $20 bill until 2028. Trump had previously called the choice of Tubman “pure political correctness”, suggesting her portrait be placed on the $2 bill instead.

Read more about this story here [NBC News]


Harriet Tubman's Portrait on the $20 Bill 


Source: Fortune Magazine. 

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