Eve Ewing

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Eve L. Ewing
Born Eve Louise Ewing
1986 (age 31–32)
United States
Alma mater University of Chicago
Dominican University
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Occupation Academic, poet, artist, writer
Era 21st century
Employer University of Chicago
Notable work Electric Arches (2017)
Ghosts in the Schoolyard (2018)
Home town Chicago
Website eveewing.com

Eve Louise Ewing[1] (born 1986) is an academic, writer and visual artist from Chicago. Ewing, assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, is a sociologist of education with research focused on school closures. Her book on the subject, Ghosts in the Schoolyard, is forthcoming in 2018. She is a former editor at Seven Scribes[2] and the author of Electric Arches (September 2017).

Early life[edit]

Ewing grew up in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.[3] Her mother worked as a radio reporter and producer and her father an artist.[4]

Ewing attended Northside College Preparatory High School, then the University of Chicago for college.[5] She earned an MAT in Elementary Education from Dominican University and taught middle school science in Chicago public schools before moving to Boston where she earned an M.Ed in Education Policy and Management (2013), then a doctorate from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education (2016).[6]



Ewing's writing includes poetry, prose and journalism, in addition to her academic scholarship.[7] She has been a Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the Pamet River Prize for a first or second full-length book of poetry or prose by a female-identified or genderqueer author. ProPublica named her Seven Scribes article on the fight to save Chicago State University to its list of "The Best MuckReads on America’s Troubled History With Race"[8] and at The Huffington Post, Zeba Blay named Ewing's essay on Joshua Beal's death to a list of "30 Of The Most Important Articles By People Of Color In 2016."[9] At NPR, Gene Demby praised Ewing's "moving essay...about the fight over the future of Dyett High in Chicago."[10] In Chicago Magazine in 2017, Adam Morgan described her as one of the city's "most visible cultural icons."[3]

Ewing has also drawn notice for her commentary on subjects like colorism,[11] school choice,[12] federal arts funding,[13][14] Frank Ocean and Harper Lee,[15] race in publishing[16] and in visual culture.[2] Ewing's Twitter account, operated as "Wikipedia Brown", drew 30 million views a month as of September 2017.[4]

Ewing serves on the editorial board for In These Times,[17] as co-director of arts organization Crescendo Literary,[18][19] and as co-founder of the Echo Hotel poetry collective with Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib.[20]

Electric Arches[edit]

Ewing's first book, a collection of poetry, prose and visual art entitled Electric Arches,[21] was published by Haymarket Books on September 12, 2017.[22] Ewing has stated the entire book is based on real incidents that have happened to her.[23]

Publishers Weekly named Electric Arches one of its most anticipated books of the fall of 2017 (selected from 14,000 new releases), calling it a "stunning debut"[24] and The Paris Review selected it as a staff pick of the week on September 1, 2017, saying Ewing writes "trenchantly and tenderly" with "conversational...verse lulling the reader into territory that feels familiar, even when it isn't--into a world of 'Kool cigarette green,' 'lime popsicles,' and 'promised light.'"[25] Writing in the Pacific Standard, Elizabeth King described Electric Arches as "at once a portrait of [Ewing's Chicago] home, a tender letter to black youth, and a call to her audience to think beyond the confines of systemic racism."[26] The book won a 2018 Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association, the Chicago Review of Books 2017 poetry award, and the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award.[27][28][29]


Ewing is the writer of the Ironheart comics series, featuring Riri Williams, that is to be published beginning in November 2018 by Marvel Comics.[30]


Ewing's academic research focuses on school closures.[31] She earned a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, writing a dissertation on school closures in Chicago entitled "Shuttered Schools in the Black Metropolis: Race, History, and Discourse on Chicago’s South Side." Her book on school closures, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, is forthcoming in 2018 from University of Chicago Press.[32]

Ewing was a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago,[33] then became assistant professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago in 2018.

Visual art[edit]

In addition to her writing and research, Ewing is a visual artist and in 2016 became the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Boston Children's Museum.[34] Her installation "A Map Home" explored place and childhood exploration.[35] The project became the subject of a short film by Rene Dongo[36] and an episode of Coorain Lee's webseries, Coloring Coorain![37]

Ewing has also served as program and community manager at the Urbano Project, a youth arts and activism project in Boston.[38]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ "Eve Ewing". Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. The University of Chicago. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Giorgis, Hannah (August 24, 2015). "Stock Photos of Black People Are Finally Moving Beyond Racist Stereotypes". New Republic. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Morgan, Adam (August 17, 2017). "The Next Generation of Chicago Afrofuturism". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Borrelli, Christopher (September 22, 2017). "Chicago renaissance woman Eve Ewing is a poet, sociologist, closet 'Star Wars' fan and local Twitter celebrity". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "Bio". Eve L. Ewing. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Anderson, Jill (June 2, 2016). "Portrait of Community: Eve Ewing, Ed.M.'13, Ed.D.'16 | Harvard Graduate School of Education". www.gse.harvard.edu. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  7. ^ McGirt, Ellen (February 1, 2017). "How Alternative Facts Create Alternate History". Fortune. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Harris, Adam (February 24, 2016). "The Best MuckReads on America's Troubled History With Race". ProPublica. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  9. ^ Blay, Zeba (December 19, 2016). "30 Of The Most Important Articles By People Of Color In 2016". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Demby, Gene (September 14, 2015). "What We Lose When A Neighborhood School Goes Away". NPR. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  11. ^ McGirt, Ellen (June 28, 2016). "Some Black Americans Found Jesse Williams' Speech Painful. Here's Why". Fortune. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  12. ^ Perez Jr., Juan; Richards, Jennifer Smith (January 8, 2016). "Chicago's neighborhood schools hurting as choice abounds". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  13. ^ Melton, Marissa (April 26, 2017). "Are the Arts a Good Government Investment?". VOA. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  14. ^ Bengal, Rebecca (April 10, 2017). "Meet the Woman Leading the Fight to Protect the Arts in Trump's America". Vogue. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  15. ^ Editors, The (August 12, 2016). "The Atlantic's Week in Culture". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  16. ^ Kaplan, Sarah (September 8, 2015). "A white guy named Michael couldn't get his poem published. Then he became Yi-Fen Chou". Washington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  17. ^ Ewing, Eve (May 10, 2010). "Black Home Chicago". In These Times. ISSN 0160-5992. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  18. ^ Schoenberg, Nara (July 26, 2016). "First-ever Chicago Poetry Block Party offers live performances, music in Bronzeville". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  19. ^ "The Cultural Tax". The Seam. 2016-05-23. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  20. ^ "Willis-Abdurraqib to speak at COA commencement - Mount Desert Islander". Mount Desert Islander. May 1, 2017. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  21. ^ Riedy, Jack (September 12, 2017). "Everyday Magic in Eve Ewing's 'Electric Arches'". The Awl. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  22. ^ Frank, Priscilla (February 28, 2017). "34 Poets Of Color Summarize 2017 In Verse". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  23. ^ "How sociologist and poet Eve Ewing uses fiction to study race and education". The Lily. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  24. ^ "The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2017". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  25. ^ Rudick, Nicole (September 1, 2017). "Staff Picks: Eve Ewing, Giudo Morselli, Hernan Diaz". The Paris Review. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  26. ^ King, Elizabeth (October 2, 2017). "'Poetry Allows for Us to Lead First With the Heart': A Conversation With Eve L. Ewing". Pacific Standard. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  27. ^ JCARMICHAEL (2018-02-12). "YALSA announces 2018 Alex Awards". News and Press Center. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  28. ^ "Here Are the Winners of the 2017 Chicago Review of Books Awards". Chicago Review of Books. October 3, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  29. ^ "Winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award". Poetry Society of America. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  30. ^ Holub, Christian (20 August 2018). "Eve L. Ewing to write new comic for Marvel's young hero Ironheart". EW.com. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  31. ^ Belsha, Kalyn (January 24, 2017). "In Kansas City, a lesson in transforming closed schools". Chicago Reporter. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  32. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side by Eve L. Ewing. Univ. of Chicago, $22.50 (240p) ISBN 978-0-226-52602-7". Publishers Weekly. July 9, 2018. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  33. ^ "2016 Provost's Postdoctoral Scholars | Provost's Postdoctoral Scholarships | The University of Chicago". provostpostdoc.uchicago.edu. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  34. ^ "Artist in Residence Program | Boston Children's Museum". www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  35. ^ Khvan, Olga (December 15, 2015). "Boston Children's Museum Launches Artist-in-Residence Program". Boston Magazine. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  36. ^ Dongo, Rene (April 13, 2016). "A Map Home with Eve Ewing". YouTube. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  37. ^ Lee, Coorain (January 7, 2016). "CURRENT Artist-in-Residence Eve Ewing Interview on Coloring Coorain!". YouTube. Coloring Coorain!. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  38. ^ "The Urbano Project". urbanoproject.org. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  39. ^ JCARMICHAEL (2018-02-12). "YALSA announces 2018 Alex Awards". News and Press Center. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  40. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Best books of 2017: Fiction and nonfiction that moved literature forward". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  41. ^ "Best Books of 2017: Top Ten - Chicago Public Library". BiblioCommons. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  42. ^ "Division Awards". www.aera.net. Retrieved 2017-12-28.

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