Poetry in Context: Poetry Readings with Dr. Eve L. Ewing

Posted by Swarthmore College on January 29, 2018

February 21, 2018

Late afternoon event (4:15-5:45p)

Swarthmore College

Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room

500 College Ave

Swarthmore, PA 19081

Evening event (7-8pm)

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse (info)

2578 Frankford Ave,

Philadelphia, PA 19125


In these two sessions*, titled Poetry in Context,  Dr. Eve L. Ewing reads several poems from her book Electric Arches (Haymarket Press 2017) as well as other work, but also draws on her knowledge and work as a sociologist to make connections to topics in race, history, gender, and contemporary events. While many artists speak about these themes through their work, Dr. Ewing’s work as a scholar offers a distinct level of detail and depth that would greatly appeal to the scholarly, artistic and civic commitments of the college community. More than just a poetry performance or just an academic lecture, this format brings together art and society for an engaging conversation. Participants will learn the behind-the-scenes deeper story behind many of the poems in the book, and will come away with a new way of understanding social justice topics through creative expression rather than just through abstract facts or statistics.

Information about Dr. Ewing

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a writer and scholar from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches and When the Bell Stops Ringing: Race, History, and Discourse amid Chicago’s School Closures, a forthcoming book (University of Chicago Press, Fall 2018) that explores the relationship between the closing of public schools and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago’s Bronzeville community. She also co-wrote the multimedia performance No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Her work has been published in Poetry magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and many other venues. She is a sociologist of education at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She also co-directs Crescendo Literary (a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources) and is one-half of the writing collective Echo Hotel, alongside Hanif Abdurraqib.

Examples of Dr. Ewing’s Work


PERFORMANCE (YouTube video)

*The engagement is set to last 90 minutes at Swarthmore, including reading, Q + A and book signing. The session at Amalgam will last 60 minutes and include reading, and a brief time for  Q+A and book signing.

Copies of Electric Arches will be available.

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