Penny Newell is a poet with a PhD in English Studies from King's College London. Her poetry and literary criticism has featured or is forthcoming in Magma, Hobart, Cordite 88: TRANSQUEER, SALT.editorial, The TLS, Luna Luna, Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight, The Southampton Review, The Cardiff Review, Alien Mouth, 3:AM, The Portland Review and The Still Point Journal, amongst others, and has featured in anthologies such as The Emma Press Anthology of Love (Emma Press). 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, 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.
Her fellowships and poetry residencies include her time as Poetry Fellow of the Paris American Academy, Faber Academy ‘Becoming a Poet’ and Reader for Frontier Poetry. She is an active member of queer studies and queer activist groups, and in 2014-16 was co-convenor of City-Centric: Interdisciplinary Urban Studies reading group at Humboldt University, Berlin, with a focus on gender and sexuality.
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' in The Handbook for Creativity at Work (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).