Penny Newell is a poet and doctoral researcher based as King's College London. Her doctoral project explored the conceptual history of clouds, extending from Ancient Greece to the cloud computing industries. Her academic articles have featured in Performance Research (Routledge/Taylor & Francis), Excursions (Sussex University) and Platform (Royal Holloway), with a book chapter entitled 'The Meta-Poetics of Creative Labour' forthcoming in The Handbook for Creativity at Work (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).
Her poetry and literary criticism has featured or is forthcoming in Hobart, The TLS, Lambda Literary, The Southampton Review, The Cardiff Review, Alien Mouth, 3:AM, The Portland Review, The Still Point Journal, and has featured in various anthologies. She has been the recipient of several national writing commissions, working with organisations and institutions such as Tate Britain, Somerset House, The Courtauld Institute, BBC Radio York and this is tomorrow: Contemporary Art Magazine. She is currently writing on commission for Lakes Ignite 2018 festival, as a recipient of Arts Council England funding.
Penny is also a reader for Frontier Poetry, where she is reviewing submissions to their 'New Voices' category. In her professional service at King's, she co-founded the King's English Department Blog and Research with Reach: Valuing Ideas Beyond the Academe. She is an active member of the Queer@Kings research network and the Cumbria Stand Up to Racism Network, and in 2014-16 was co-convenor of City-Centric: Interdisciplinary Urban Studies reading group, with a focus on gender and sexuality.