Penny Newell is a queer poet (pronouns she/her) who also writes live performance. Her poetry has featured in places such as Hobart, Lambda Literary, Magma and Cordite, and has been anthologised by The Emma Press. As a researcher and writer, she’s worked on commission with Tate Britain, Somerset House, The Courtauld Institute, BBC Radio York, this is tomorrow: Contemporary Art Magazine and Lakes Ignite 2018 festival. She received a Pushcart Prize 2019 nomination from the editors at The Portland Review. She is an active member of queer studies and queer activist groups.

Her PhD in English Studies, from King's College London, explored the conceptual history of clouds, extending from Ancient Greece to the iCloud and cloud-computing industries. Her academic articles have featured in Performance Research, Excursions and Platform, with a book chapter in The Handbook for Creativity at Work (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).