The poet, scholar, and visual artist gives a talk on "poetry in context." Info/tix
Dr. Eve Ewing is a poet, scholar, and general badass whose work covers topics such as race, urban policy, social inequality, and discrimination in public school systems. Ewing has written for publications such as The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post. In an effort to increase awareness of poetry and how to navigate its broader scope, Ewing comes to the UW-Madison campus as a part of UW's Litfest and the global celebration of National Poetry Month. The conversation will center around what poetry can do to inform readers about social issues and how the arts can can lead to positive change in other disciplines.
Ewing's 2017 book Electric Arches examines black womanhood through poetry, prose, and visual art. She recently worked alongside Nate Marshall, co-authoring No Blue Memories: The Life Of Gwendolyn Brooks. Ewing's admiration for Gwendolyn brooks also led her to recently produce and write We Real Cool, a short film dedicated to Brooks' famous poem of that title as well as Brooks' life. The film was made in coordination with Crescendo Literary, a Chicago-based community-focused arts, poetry, and education center. Ewing is also an educator and sociologist whose work has focused on school closures and their impact on communities of color. That work continues in the book Ghosts In The Schoolyard: Racism And School Closings On Chicago's South Side, due out in September. —John McCracken