Eve L. Ewing: '1919' Launch Party

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Monday June 10

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6:00 PM  –  9:00 PM


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Join us for the official launch of Eve L. Ewing's second book of poetry, 1919. This collection tells the story of the race riots that rocked Chicago one hundred years ago, the everyday people who tried to survive through the chaos, and the lasting impact on our city. Featuring readings by Fatimah Asghar and Nate Marshall.

Light refreshments will be served and the reading will be followed by a book signing.


DR. EVE L. EWING is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side. She is also the author of Electric Arches, which received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She also writes the Ironheart series for Marvel Comics. Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues.

FATIMAH ASGHAR is a poet, filmmaker, educator and performer. Her work has appeared in many journals, including POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed Reader, The Margins, The Offing, Academy of American Poets and many others. Her work has been featured on news outlets like PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and others. In 2011 she created a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina called REFLEKS while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow. Her chapbook After came out on Yes Yes Books fall 2015. She is the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, and Emmy-nominated web series that highlights friendships between women of color. In 2017 she was awarded the Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and was featured on the Forbes' 30 Under 30 list. Her debut book of poems, If They Come For Us, was released by One World/Random House in August 2018. Along with Safia Elhillo, she is the editor of Halal If You Hear Me, an anthology that celebrates Muslim writers who are also women, queer, gender nonconforming and/or trans.

NATE MARSHALL is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), winner of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association's New Writer Award and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015). Marshall co-wrote No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks with Eve L. Ewing, produced by Manual Cinema and commissioned by the Poetry Foundation. He also wrote the audiodrama Bruh Rabbit & The Fantastic Telling of Remington Ellis, Esq., which was produced by Make-Believe Association. His next book, FINNA, is due out in 2020 from One World/Random House. Marshall co-wrote Chicago Public School's first literary arts curriculum and develops lesson plans using creative writing to help participants discuss social justice, mental health, community development, and other topics pertinent to social science. He is currently the Assistant Director of Wabash College's Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies where he also serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Black Studies. Marshall has also taught at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan in addition to his work with Young Chicago Authors, SouthernWorld, The Neutral Zone, and InsideOut Detroit.



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