Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Singing in Dark Times [Chicago]

In the dark times, will there also be singing?
Yes, there will be singing.

About the dark times.
- Bertolt Brecht

As the public is being steadily eroded and eclipsed, and as neoliberalism persists and fascism lurks close by, we who believe in freedom have a special responsibility to reimagine, revitalize, and create anew a public square, a public presence, and a wide range of participatory public spaces. Beginning December 12, 57th Street Bookstore will host a monthly public conversation focussed on current events and this political moment. “Singing in Dark Times” will be led by a handful of Chicago writers in dialogue with one another and, then, with whatever citizens and residents show up. Please join us for our initial conversation, featuring Eve Ewing, Rachel DeWoskin, Kevin Coval, and Bill Ayers.

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Nov
17
to Nov 19

No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks brings to life the story of one of Chicago’s most beloved figures. She was an icon, a poet laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner—but she was also a treasured educator and mentor to the countless writers and children who knew her as their very own “Miss Brooks.” Weaving together poetry, storytelling, sound design, original music, and striking visuals, No Blue Memories is an exploration of Brooks’s beloved city and a story of how she navigated identity, craft, and politics over the course of one of the most remarkable careers in American literary history. The performance combines intricate paper puppetry, live actors working in shadow, and an original score for an unforgettable multi-media experience.

Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation for the Brooks Centenary, No Blue Memories will receive two weeks of free performances in November 2017 for both the general public and Chicago Public School students.

Performances:

Pritzker Auditorium Harold Washington Library Center
400 South State Street
Enter on South Plymouth Court

  • Friday, November 17th, 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 18th, 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, November 19th, 2:00 PM

This program is first come, first served. Doors open one hour before start time.

Go here for more info.

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Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Chicago Books to Women in Prison - 15th Anniversary Fundraiser

Join Chicago Books to Women in Prison as they celebrate their 15th anniversary. Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to incarcerated women, including transwomen, nationwide. We are dedicated to offering the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides.

$15 or pay what you can. More info here.

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

POSTPONED - Reading at Breathing Room [Chicago]

THIS EVENT IS NOW POSTPONED. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR FURTHER UPDATES, AND APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

Eve L. Ewing reads from Electric Arches. Free and open to the public. 

Presented by #LetUsBreatheCollective. LetUsBreathe Collective aims to harness creative capital and cultural production to deconstruct systemic injustice in America and worldwide. A grassroots alliance of artists, journalists, and activists, we use our talents to amplify marginalized voices, disrupt the status quo, offer opportunities for healing and education, and provoke critical thought and dialogue about the intersections of oppression through film, music, theater, poetry, and civil disobedience.

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Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Podcast Mixtape: WNYC Studios Presents "Black Folks"

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois was published in 1903 as a celebration of black people. It was also an assessment of race and structural racism in America through an assemblage of essays, poetry, music and conversations. The book offered a kaleidoscopic and nuanced excavation of black identity and culture some 50 years after emancipation, at which time Du Bois famously declared, "the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line."

Join Rebecca Carroll for Black Folks, a WNYC Studios podcast pilot that draws on the work of Carroll and that of DuBois. A curated mosaic of black expression, Black Folks features a wide array of guests who will be thoughtful and provocative, at a time in history when black people must still assert that Black Lives Matter. On the show: Eve Ewing, writer and sociologist of race and education; singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin; The New Yorker's Alexis Okeowo; Jay Smooth host of WBAI's "Underground Railroad" and the Ill Doctrine videoblog; and filmmaker/performance artist Jamal Lewis.

Tickets here.

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Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

NPR's Code Switch LIVE [Chicago]

Join the Code Switch team LIVE on stage with poet, author and Chicago native Eve Ewing for a live poetry performance from her new collection, Electric Arches, that you DO NOT want to miss. 

The Code Switch team is made up of journalists of color, and this isn’t just the work they do. It’s the lives they lead. Sometimes, they make you laugh. Other times, you’ll get uncomfortable. But you’ll always find unflinching honesty and empathy. The reporting team has tackled the constantly-shifting and overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture and how they play out in people’s lives and communities. Named after the many ways people shift how they express race and culture in daily life, Code Switch aims to deepen the coverage of these topics and capture the issues that define an increasingly diverse America. Come mix it up with us.

Tickets required. More info here.

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Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Helen 7.0: Resilient and Relentless [Chicago]

This event will serve as a celebration of Helen Shiller's birthday and her lifetime of activism, and all proceeds will support the Westside Justice Center.

The West Side Justice Center is a community-centered organization that promotes a holistic approach to justice by: facilitating legal literacy, providing legal and quasi-legal assistance to community members, and establishing and nurturing community trust through participatory deliberations and quality service. More info here.

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Oct
31
9:00 PM21:00

Reading at Da Poetry Lounge [LA]

Spend a Tuesday night with us and enjoy Hollywood’s best kept secret! All are welcome to come take the stage and share their art, or to just sit and be part of our audience. Come early! It is not unexpected for people to start lining up at the Greenway steps prior to 8 PM. Seating is limited and once full, you’ll be ushered to sit on stage. Tickets are $10 cash at the door. 

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Oct
30
2:00 PM14:00

Reading & Discussion at the Institute for Diversity & Empowerment at Annenberg [LA]

  • USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA) presents Electric Arches with Eve Ewing. Poet, writer and scholar Eve Ewing reads from her new book of poetry, Electric Arches, and discusses the entanglement of art, activism and scholarship in her work. Co-sponsored by RAP: Race, Arts, and Placemaking Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative and the Annenberg Innovation Lab. 

Hosted at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Register here.

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Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Life & Times of Rodeo Caldonia [LA]

  • California African American Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presented in conjunction with We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85, this panel reflects on the contributions of Rodeo Caldonia High Fidelity Performance Theater, the black feminist performance collective founded in Brooklyn in the mid-1980s. Panelists include Lisa Jones, co-founder and writer-director; Alva Rogers, co-founder and lead performer; Lorna Simpson, artist; and Derin Young, musical director and sound artist. The panel is moderated by scholar and poet Eve Ewing.

Free. For more information and to RSVP, go here.

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Oct
21
5:00 PM17:00

Busboys & Poets Youth Open Mic [DC]

Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Eve L. Ewing will be the feature for this open mic, reading from Electric Arches

Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock.

$5 Cover. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased online here starting at midnight and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM in the bookstore (cash only). 

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Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Reading with Elizabeth Acevedo at Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe [DC]

NOTE TIME CHANGE - EVENT IS NOW AT 6 PM

Eve L. Ewing reads from Electric Arches at Sankofa in Washington, D.C. She will be joined by Elizabeth Acevedo, author of Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths and The Poet X. 

Founded in 1997 by filmmaking couple Haile and Shirikiana Gerima, Sankofa Video and Books specializes in videos and books about people of African descent around the world. Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe is nestled in the college campus corridor of Georgia Ave, in Washington, DC, across from Howard University, two blocks from Benjamin Banneker Sr. High School.

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Oct
17
3:30 PM15:30

Here Say: A Gathering of Artists Using Speaking as Performance [Atlanta]

The Wolf Creek performance on this day is free; the Cherry Hollow performance requires tickets.

AIR Serenbe is planning to bring eight of the nation’s poets, storytellers, and emcees to a series of South Fulton public libraries in the fall of 2017. The day includes performances at three libraries, with a final ticketed evening show at a Cherry Hollow Farm in Chattahoochee Hills.

Featured Artists:
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Bright Son
Derrick Brown
Ray Christian
Shira Erlichman
Eve L. Ewing
Anis Mojgani
Dame Wilburn

As part of this series, Eve L. Ewing will read at the Wolf Creek Branch Library (Atlanta, GA) at 3:30 PM. All of the artists will perform at Cherry Hollow Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. Doors at 7 PM, show at 8 PM. $25: general admission. $20: seniors/students.

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Oct
15
4:00 PM16:00

Reading at Boneshaker Books [Minneapolis]

Eve L. Ewing reads from Electric Arches at Boneshaker Books. She will be joined by Danez Smith and Sarah Ogutu. Hosted by Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre. 

Boneshaker Books is a community supported, collectively organized, and volunteer run bookstore. Our mission is to provide a welcoming space that promotes social justice and movements through books, education, and activism. We offer progressive and radical literature and a place to spark conversation, inform, and inspire.

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Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Reading with Danez Smith and Hieu Minh Nguyen [Pittsburgh]

  • Elise H. Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Eve L. Ewing, Danez Smith and Hieu Minh Nguyen read at the Hill House Association.

The Hill House Association is a settlement house (community center) located in Pittsburgh's historic Hill District. As such it offers a variety a variety of place based social services, focused on Family Strengthening, Livability, Education, and Business & Economic Development. 

Tickets and info here.

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Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Electric Arches - Boston Launch [with MassLEAP]

Join us to celebrate Eve L. Ewing's new book Electric Arches, which will be on sale thanks to our friends at Papercuts JP. This is a ticketed event and all proceeds go to MassLEAP. 

The Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective (MassLEAP) is dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth to experience the transformative power of their own voices in community with one another. MassLEAP exists as a platform for young people, artist-educators and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken word poetry forums. 

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Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Reading at Loyola University Chicago

  • Loyola University - Damen Student Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presented by the Loyola Psychology Club. This one-hour event will combine the elements of a poetry reading and a topical lecture, as Eve L. Ewing reads poems from Electric Arches while drawing on her work as a sociologist to discuss the broader social context around the poems. Q&A and book signing to follow. Free and open to the public.

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Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Electric Arches - Official Chicago Launch

Join Eve Ewing to celebrate the launch of her new book Electric Arches.

Space is limited, and tickets will be required for entry. Your $10 ticket includes a signed copy of Electric Arches.

The evening will feature readings by Tara Betts & Kara Jackson.

“Eve L. Ewing’s stunning debut collides an array of forms as she questions what the imagination can make possible in the realm of social justice. As the boundaries between the self and the outside world blur, the political ramifications of interior life start to become clearer.”
–Publishers Weekly

Thank you to Marwen for graciously agreeing to host this event. Marwen educates and inspires young people from under-resourced communities and schools through the visual arts. Marwen achieves its mission by providing free visual arts classes to Chicago youth in 6 - 12 grades. Marwen also provides free college and career counseling to high school students and their families who are interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts or wish to continue their education beyond high school.

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Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

Chicago Poetry Block Party

Chicagoans of all ages and levels of experience with poetry, come have fun with us! Enjoy performances from poets and musicians, poetry workshops, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more… all FREE! 2PM to 9PM, on 19th Street between Wolcott and Wood. Brought to you by Crescendo Literary in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the National Museum of Mexican Art. More info here.

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Jul
9
3:00 PM15:00

Pass Over Post-Show Discussion

Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner—talking shit, passing the time and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda and derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young men stuck in a cycle just looking for a way out. 

Following every Sunday performance, stick around for a deep dive into Pass Over. Join scholars, artists, journalists, activists and community members for robust conversations about the world of the play. The series is moderated by Erick Deshaun Dorris.

Pass Over takes Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, a work that majority culture has deemed valuable, and uses that cultural value as a theatrical tool to also assert the value of Black lives. In this panel we welcome artists across disciplines who are also asking their audiences and viewers to reflect on the Black experience. How do they think about form and audience as they craft and deliver their message, and how do they respond to Pass Over? Panelists include Eve L. Ewing and Anna Martine Whitehead. 

Tickets and more info here.

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Jul
9
2:00 PM14:00

Pitchfork Music Festival

Join poets from The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop at a special Pitchfork appearance at the Bookfort tent. Fatimah Asghar, Kevin Coval, Safia Elhillo, Eve L. Ewing, Raych Jackson, Nate Marshall, and José Olivarez will read. (Pitchfork tickets required.)

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