Sunday, February 11, 2018

Eve Ewing at the American Writer's Museum February 13th



Eve Ewing Electric Arches
5:30 pm American Writer’s Museum 180 N. Michigan 2nd floor

Eve Ewing will be in discussing her first book, Electric Arches, with fellow poet José Olivarez.

Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose. Original meditations on race, gender, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up, from a distinctive new voice.

Blending stark realism with the surreal and fantastic, Eve L. Ewing’s narrative takes us from the streets of 1990s Chicago to an unspecified future, deftly navigating the boundaries of space, time, and reality. Ewing imagines familiar figures in magical circumstances—blues legend Koko Taylor is a tall-tale hero; LeBron James travels through time and encounters his teenage self. She identifies everyday objects—hair moisturizer, a spiral notebook—as precious icons.

Her visual art is spare, playful, and poignant—a cereal box decoder ring that allows the wearer to understand what Black girls are saying; a teacher’s angry, subversive message scrawled on the chalkboard. Electric Arches invites fresh conversations about race, gender, the city, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up.

Eve L. Ewing is a writer, scholar, artist, and educator from Chicago. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, New Republic, The Nation, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She is a sociologist at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, the co-author of Home Court, and the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. A winner of fellowships from Poets House, The Bronx Council on the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, & The Conversation Literary Festival, his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets, The Chicago Tribune, The Adroit Journal, & Hyperallergic, among other places. His book, Citizen Illegal, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books. He is from Calumet City, IL, and lives in Chicago.

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