illustration by Hayveyah McGowan

illustration by Hayveyah McGowan

Awards & Honors:

  • 2019 Twenty-First Century Award, Chicago Public Library Foundation

  • 2019 O.L. Davis Jr. Outstanding Book Award, American Association for Teaching and Curriculum

  • 2019 Honoree, Richard Frisbie Award for Adult Nonfiction, Society of Midland Authors

  • 2019 Writer-in-Residence, Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat

  • 2018 Best Non-Fiction Book, Chicago Review of Books

  • 2018 Crains Chicago Business 40 Under 40

  • 2018 Norma Farber First Book Award, Poetry Society of America

  • 2018 Alex Award, American Library Association

  • 2018 Courage Award, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • 2017 Top Ten Books of the Year, Chicago Tribune

  • 2017 Excellence in Literary Community Award (Chicago Independent Bookstore Alliance)

  • 2017 Best Poetry Book, Chicago Review of Books

  • 2017 Top Ten Books of the Year, noted by the Chicago Public Library

  • 2017 Best Chicagoan to Follow on Twitter (Chicago Reader Best of Chicago)

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

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

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

  • 2017 Focus Fellowship recipient, AIR Serenbe

  • 2016 Writer-in-Residence, WordXWord Festival

  • 2015 Artist-in-Residence, Boston Children's Museum

  • 2011-2016 Presidential Scholar, Harvard University

Books and anthologies



  • New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent. Myriad Editions, 2019. Edited by Margaret Busby.

  • The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Toward Freedom. Haymarket Books, 2018. Edited by Alice Kim, Erica Meiners, Jill Petty, Audrey Petty, Beth E. Richie, and Sarah Ross.

  • American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time. Graywolf Press, 2018. Edited by Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States.

  • Teaching for Black Lives. Rethinking Schools, 2018. Edited by Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, and Wayne Au.

  • Black Women's Liberatory Pedagogies Resistance, Transformation, and Healing Within and Beyond the Academy. Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018. Edited by Olivia N. Perlow, Durene I. Wheeler, Sharon L. Bethea, and BarBara M. Scott.

  • The BreakBeat Poets, vol. 2: Black Girl Magic. Haymarket Books, 2018.

  • The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Haymarket Books, 2015.

Short Version:
Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection 1919 and the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side. Her first book, the poetry collection Electric Arches, 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 as well as other projects 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. 

[official academic page with curriculum vitae can be found here]

Not Short Version:

Dr. Eve Louise Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. She is an assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her book Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism & School Closings on Chicago's South Side explores the relationship between the closing of public schools and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago's Bronzeville community. She often uses public platforms to discuss these social issues, particularly Twitter, where she is a well-recognized commentator with nearly 200,000 followers and tens of millions of views each month. 

Ewing is a prolific writer across multiple genres. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, was published by Haymarket Books in 2017. Her second collection, 1919, tells the story of the race riot that rocked Chicago in the summer of that year. Her first book for elementary readers, Maya and the Robot, is forthcoming in 2020 from Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Her work has been published in many venues, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Poetry Magazine, and the anthology American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time, curated by Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States. With Nate Marshall, she co-wrote the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, produced by Manual Cinema and commissioned by the Poetry Foundation. Ewing also writes the Ironheart series for Marvel Comics. She co-directs Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources as a form of cultural organizing. She is also the host of the podcast Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing.

Eve has been an educator in both traditional and community-based settings, including Chicago Public Schools, After School Matters, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. At the University of Chicago, she teaches courses on race and education for undergraduate and graduate students. She is also an instructor for the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, a visual arts and humanities project that connects teaching artists and scholars to men at Stateville Maximum Security Prison through classes, workshops and guest lectures. She serves on 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.

Born and raised in the Logan Square community of Chicago, Eve is a proud alumna of Chicago Public Schools. 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. She also holds an MAT in Elementary Education from Dominican University and an M.Ed in Education Policy and Management from Harvard. She loves her family and friends, music, art, cartoons, traveling, reading, and food (especially fried chicken and carne asada tacos).