Join us for a FREE all ages event celebrating the arts and the people that make Chicago beautiful! The annual Chicago Poetry Block Party (CPBP) brings together poetry, music, art and community all on one stage. Guests can participate in writing workshops, visual art activities, poetry readings, games, and musical performances for a summertime experience unlike any other. Enjoy performances by Tasha, Brandon Markell Holmes, Eve L. Ewing, Danez Smith, avery r. young, and the CPBP House Band. Share your work during an open mic session and hear talented, up-and-coming poets from across the country will perform their work.
The event is hosted by Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, Austin Town Hall, and the Chicago Park District.
Join the Facebook event here.
Join us for the official launch party for Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side, by Eve L. Ewing. This free event will feature a reading from the book, commentary and updates from organizers at the forefront of the struggle for public education in Chicago, a Q&A, and a signing.
Free. Tickets required - RSVP here.
Hailed as "one of the most diverse and important poetry anthologies of the last 25 years," The BreakBeat Poets: Black Girl Magic anthology highlights some of the most exciting Black women writing today. This afternoon of poetry, music, movement and visual art will feature multigenre collaborative performances inspired by poems from the book. The performances will be accompanied by a conversation on storytelling and process with anthology contributors and Chicago-based artists moderated by co-editor Jamila Woods.
AIR Serenbe presents, in partnership with Atlanta History Center, four of the nation's top spoken word poets for ONE NIGHT ONLY in Atlanta. Sarah Kay, Mahogany L. Browne, Eve Ewing, and Amanda Torres will be in Georgia as part of the SWACC! Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe.
SWACC! is an award residency that supports spoken word artists whose work demonstrates an advanced commitment to community and collaboration. Join us for an unforgettable evening with these four artists on one stage.
Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm. Tickets and more info here.
This Litfest Event is brought to you by WUD Distinguished Lecture Series, Illumination, WUD Society and Politics, and WUD Publications Committee. Please join WUD DLS for Poetry in Context with Dr. Eve Ewing on Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
The doors of Shannon Hall will open at 7 p.m. The lecture is open and FREE to both students and the public, and will end with a 30-minute Q&A.
Sign Language interpreting will be provided with CART captioning available upon request. If you need another accommodation to attend this event, please contact Megan Spletzer at firstname.lastname@example.org. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.
Join us in this Poets for Puerto Rico: Chicago event to raise consciousness and raise funds for Institute for Socio-Ecological Research (ISER Caribe). ISER were some of the first people working on the West Coast of Puerto Rico to open roads and set up water filtration systems after Hurricane María, before even government agencies reached the region. The have expanded their reconstruction efforts to assist communities in Jayuya and fishermen in Vieques. All donations raised this evening will go directly to ISER in support of their work with communities and individuals most affected by the hurricane. Your donation will help to build a sustainable and resilient Puerto Rico.
Poets for Puerto Rico was created by Willie Perdomo, Noel Quiñones, and Denice Frohman. It has raised thousands of dollars for grassroots relief efforts and raised consciousness about the ongoing political, economic, and environmental disasters on the island. There have been Poets for Puerto Rico readings at Poets House, The Bronx Museum, and in Philadelphia. Others are being planned across the country. We hope you join us and over twenty poets and artists on April 17.
Tickets: There is a suggested $10 donation for entrance, but no one will be turned away. If you can give more, please consider it. You can purchase tickets here.
Super Poetry Pros. Super Show!
On April 9, come join these 3 super friends (Eve L. Ewing, Sarah Kay, & Clint Smith) for an evening of poetry. All three poets will have books & merchandise for sale after the show (for cash only!) so stick around to say hello and get some signed books as well.
Performance at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM. 19 years and up. Tickets available here.
A talk show, in a dive bar, on TV. Taped at The Hideout, a legendary bar in Chicago, each episode features conversations that are as substantive as they are entertaining. This episode features Eve Ewing, Daniel Kraus (associate producer of The Shape of Water) and Gillian Flynn (author and screenwriter of Gone Girl). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
The critically-acclaimed show is back for three performances only!
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, 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. No Blue Memories is a production of Manual Cinema, written by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall, with original music from Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods. 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.
Join us in downtown Bloomington, Indiana for a dynamic evening of readings featuring Jennifer Givhan, Eve L. Ewing, and Brando Skyhorse. A Q & A hosted by Canvas Creative Arts Magazine will follow the event. Copies of readers' books will be available for sale. Free admission; 18+.
Free reading and signing of Electric Arches. Davidson Building, room D201.
At the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, a panel featuring Analicia Sotelo, Dorothea Lasky, Ruben Quesada, Kaveh Akbar, and Eve L. Ewing. Meet some of the most important minds in the Twitterverse as they share experiences as literary citizens in 140 characters or less. Whether advocating for increased visibility or enjamb-ing your horoscope, these panelists will talk about their approach to digital communication and how you can create a platform of your own. Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
A panel featuring black women activist-scholars discussing liberation praxis. Featuring Janae Bonsu, Zoe Spencer, Eve Ewing, and Lakeesha Harris. Free and open to the public. Alumni Hall North.
The Left Bank Books Foundation, Maryville Talks Books and the St. Louis Poetry Center present Left Bank Books' Not So Late Night with host Cheeraz Gormon, musical guest Katarra & the SoFolkz, and special guests Eve L. Ewing and Hanif Abdurraqib.
Free and open to the public. Event info here.
Eye94, Lumpen Radio’s books and literature program, hosts author Eve Ewing as part of the 2018 Live Reading Series on February 22nd at Pilsen Community Books. The boys will discuss Ewing’s new book “Electric Arches,” a masterful exploration of African-American girlhood that has received rave reviews. Seating is extremely limited, and will start promptly at 6PM. More information at eye94.org and pilsencommunitybooks.org. This show will be also broadcast tape-delayed on Lumpen Radio.
Facebook event here.
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In these this encuentro (encounter/findings) poet/writer/activist Dr. Eve L. Ewing will read several poems from Electric Arches as well as other work, while also drawing on her knowledge and work as a sociologist to make connections to race, history, gender, and current events. Scheuer Room.
Ewing’s book Electric Arches invites fresh conversations about race, gender, the city, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up. Eve Ewing will appear in conversation with José Olivarez, a poet whose first collection will be released in fall of 2018.
Join four renowned poets for a special reading to raise funds for Assata's Daughters. Hanif Abdurraqib, Tara Betts, Eve L. Ewing and José Olivarez will share their work for one night only at Volumes Bookstore. All ticket sales and 10% of author book sales will go to Assata's Daughters - a radical collective of black women and girls organizing across intersections of identity to grow power with and for the most marginalized communities on Chicago’s South Side. Learn more at assatasdaughters.org.
Hosted by Sarah Lawrence College.
The theme for the First Annual Social Justice Summit at Sarah Lawrence College is Our Liberation in honor of Lilla Watson, activist, Aboriginal elder, and educator from Queensland, Australia. This is a call to all who work in the name of social justice who work, fight, and make space for change for us all.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Eve Ewing, sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Event partner is AirGo Radio, a podcasters that showcases the strong young voices who shape Chicago and beyond, sharing their stories over the air, on wax, from the stage, and across the city.
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Campus Engagement at Sarah Lawrence College. Free and open to the public, though there is a fee for lunch. Register for the conference here.
The Kenneth A. Spencer Lectures give The Commons an opportunity to invite seminal figures to speak to the University of Kansas and area communities. The voices represented include scholars and public figures whose work applies across disciplines as they approach larger themes and topics that affect humans on a broad scale.
Mic Supremacy is a POC-led and -centered open mic night open to the Lawrence community. The host is Jameelah Jones and the evening will feature an open mic and Eve L. Ewing as the featured reader.
Read/Write Library welcomes Dr. Eve L. Ewing to discuss her award-winning first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, cited by NPR, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Review of Books, and others as one of the best books of 2017.
Each Hungry for Stories discussion encourages participants to question the culture and expression we value as a city through not just exploring a wide range of contemporary books, but also their creators' perspectives on Chicago and the local communities and perspectives that inform and support their work. With the selection of vastly different forms, genres and voices from across the city, Hungry for Stories is growing a community committed to reading outside of their comfort zones.
This discussion is free for current Hungry for Stories subscribers and their guests, $10 for the public and all attendees are welcome to actively participate regardless of subcriber status.
A reading featuring Sam Sax, Eve L. Ewing & Fran Tirado. Free.
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.