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Eve Ewing

Eve Ewing

Eve Louise Ewingis a Sociologist of education, Scholar, Poet, Essayist, Editor, and Visual artist. In 2017 she published her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art,*Electric Arches.*Her book,*When the Bell Stops Ringing: Race, History and Discourse amid Chicago's School Closures,*is going to be released in 2018. [67]

Personal life

Eve was born and raised in the Logan Square community of Chicago. She loves her family and friends, music, art, cartoons, traveling, reading, and food (especially fried chicken and carne asada tacos). [67]


Photo by Maggie Cavallo

Photo by Maggie Cavallo

Illustration by Hayveyah McGowan

Illustration by Hayveyah McGowan

Eve Ewing is a is a sociologist of education whose work is focused on Racism and Inequality, and the impact of these social structures on American public schools and the lived experiences of young people. [67]

She is a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration through academic year 2017-2018. In 2018 she will assume the title of Assistant Professor. [67]

Her bookWhen the Bell Stops Ringing: Race, History and Discourse amid Chicago's School Closuresis forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in fall 2018 and explores the relationship between the closing of public schools and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago's Bronzeville community. [67]

Eve's past research has explored environmental racism and the experiences of youth involved in community organizing, and the work of Native American charter schools to sustain Native student identities while operating in a testing- and accountability-focused context. She has also served as an Editor and Co-Chair of the Harvard Educational Review, and was the recipient of Presidential Scholarship at Harvard University. [67]

Prior to her graduate study, Eve was a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, where she taught both science and language arts. [67]

Eve Ewing is an essayist and poet.

Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art,Electric Arches, forthcame from Haymarket Books in fall 2017, and she co-edited the fiction anthology Beyond Ourselves.

Her work has appeared in venues such asPoetry, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Washington Post, The Rumpus, the anthologyThe BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hopand many other outlets.


Eve is proud to be one-half of the poetry duo Echo Hotel, alongside Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. [67]

She is also the co-director of Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops resources and events rooted in community-engaged art.

With Crescendo she co-created the Emerging Poets Incubator and the Chicago Poetry Block Party, and co-wroteNo Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooksin partnership with Manual Cinema and the Poetry Foundation.


Eve has held residencies at the WordXWord Festival and AIR Serenbe, where she was a recipient of a Focus Fellowship.


She is an editor emerita of Seven Scribes.


Eve has been an educator in both traditional and community-based settings, including Chicago Public Schools, After School Matters, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. [67]

She is the current President of the Board of Directors of MassLEAP, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth, artist-educators, and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken word poetry forums throughout Massachusetts. [67]

Eve Ewing's visual art includes works in silkscreen, charcoal, and collage, as well as cartoons, comics, graphic design, and amateur photography.

In 2015, she became the first ever Artist-in-Residence at the Boston Children's Museum, where she completed the site-specific installationA Map Home. [67]


She completed her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Prior to that, she received an undergraduate degree with honors in English Language & Literature from the University of Chicago, with a focus on African-american literature of the twentieth century. [67]

She also holds an MAT in Elementary Education from Dominican University and an M.Ed in Education Policy and Management from Harvard.. [67]


Photo credit: Frederick Rhodes

Photo credit: Frederick Rhodes

  • I nstructor, Racism and Educational Inequality in the Lives of African-American Youth. Harvard Graduate School of Education (Spring 2016). [67]

  • Instructor, Education, Society, and Social Policy (Wellesley College, Spring 2016) [67]

  • Teaching Fellow, Ecology of Education. Harvard Graduate School of Education (Fall 2015). [67]

  • Teaching Fellow, The Arts in Education. Harvard Graduate School of Education (Fall 2012 – Spring 2013). [67]

  • Teaching Fellow, Developing Effective School and Community Interventions for Youth Facing Risk. Harvard Graduate School of Education (January terms 2013 – 2015). [67]

  • Teaching Fellow, Moral Adults, Moral Children. Harvard Graduate School of Education (Spring 2012). [67]

Essays and articles

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  • Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts // New York Times [67] [26]

  • Obama says he believes in community organizing. He should listen to Chicago’s South Side. // Washington Post [27] [67]

  • Black Life and Death in a Familiar America // The FADER [67] [29]

  • Frank Ocean, Harper Lee, and the Reclusive Artist // The Atlantic [67] [30]

  • Creating to Create Joy: A Seven Scribes Interview with Jamila Woods // Seven Scribes [67] [14] [[INLINE_IMAGE|https://everipedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.com/NewlinkFiles/12967155/b6ebc73f-b/_R2A1954.jpg||Image|h300|w200]] Photo credit: RJ Eldridge

  • Speaking into the World // Catapult [33] [67]

  • When the Cameras Are Gone, Our Babies Are Dead // Seven Scribes [67] [34]

  • Visible and Invisible Women: "Pairing Picasso" at the MFA // The Nation [67] [17]

  • A Rallying Cry for a Second-Chance School: The Fight to Save Chicago State // Seven Scribes [67] [36]

  • Rahm Emanuel’s Next Scandal? Chicago’s Public Housing // The New Republic [67] [37]

  • "We Shall Not Be Moved": A Hunger Strike, Education, and Housing in Chicago // The New Yorker [67] [38]

  • Phantoms Playing Double-Dutch: Why the Fight for Dyett is Bigger than One Chicago School Closing // Seven Scribes [67] [40]

  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Black Jesus: A Lyric Essay // Seven Scribes [67]

  • RT if You Believe in Post-Modernism // Seven Scribes [67] [22]

  • In Defense of the Public // In These Times [67] [43]

  • Dinner with Dale: An afternoon in the company of South Side Artists // Chicago Weekly [67] [44]

  • Misadventures in America: The Chronicles of Keith Knight // Say What Magazine [67]


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  • "On Prince" // Drunk in a Midnight Choir*[5]* [27]

  • audio recording of "at the salon," "sonnet [after Terrance Hayes]," "appletree," "to the notebook kid" - performed Feb. 25, 2016 [67] [47]

  • "to the guest critic in my studio art course who said my work looked like graffiti" // The Collapsar*[5]* [29]

  • "to the notebook kid" // Poetry [also appears in The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop] [67] [49]

  • "Peach Trees and Gasoline: An Obituary" // Union Station*[5]* **

  • "what was found when the Ewing children left home, 1964 – 1993" // Union Station*[5]* **

  • "Requiem for Fifth Period and the Things that Went on Then" // Bird's Thumb [includes audio] [67]

  • "how i arrived" // Blackberry*[5]* **

  • "Essaouira" // Blackberry*[5]* **

  • "Rules" // Blackberry*[5]* **

Blogs posts

  • Talking to Black Teens about Baltimore // Black Youth Project [67]

  • CPS Suspensions: Breaking the Cycle // A Just Chicago [67] [51]


Electric Arches

Electric Archesis an imaginative exploration of black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.

Blending stark realism with the surreal and fantastic, Eve L. Ewing’s narrative takes us from the streets of 1990s Chicago to the story of an alien arrival in an unspecified future, deftly navigating the boundaries of space, time, and reality with delight and flexibility.

Ewing imagines familiar figures in magical or surreal 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 Archesinvites fresh conversations about race, gender, the city, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up, through a distinctive new voice. [67]

When the Bell Stops Ringing: Race, History and Discourse amid Chicago's School Closures

In the spring of 2013, approximately 12,000 children in Chicago received notice that their last day of school would be not only the final day of the year, but also the final day of their school’s very existence.

The nation’s third largest school district would eventually shutter 53 schools, citing budget limitations, building underutilization, and concerns about academic performance.

Of the thousands of displaced students, 94% were low-income and 88% were African-American, leading critics to accuse district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of racism. “[The mayor] says that he wants to turn around the city of Chicago, make a new Chicago,” one activist told a reporter. “Does that new Chicago mean no black folks? Where are people going to go?”[67]

When the Bell Stops Ringingtells the story of these school closings, from their unfolding to their aftermath, in Bronzeville, a historically significant African-American community on the South Side of Chicago.

The book details the resistance efforts of the residents of Bronzeville, inspired by the legacy of a storied past and driven to fight back against the malfeasance and disregard of city political leaders.

But at its core, this is a book about what schools really mean to Americans and to African-Americans in particular, beyond the brick and mortar that compose them or the test scores and graduation rates that garner the most public attention.

The book tells a story of love and loss, and the ongoing struggle of black people in America toward thriving livelihoods and self-determination.


Awards and Honors

  • 2017 Best Chicagoan to Follow on Twitter*(Chicago Reader*Best of Chicago) [67]

  • 2017 Honorable Mention, Freedom Plow Award for Poetry and Activism (with Nate Marshall) [67]

  • 2017 Doing the Work Award, granted by Being Black at School [67]

  • 2016-2017 Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association (Division G: Social Contexts of Education) [67]

  • 2017 Focus Fellowship recipient, AIR Serenbe [67]

  • 2016 Writer-in-Residence, WordXWord Festival [67]


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