Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Eve Ewing

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell fellowships: 2022

Eve L. Ewing is a writer, scholar, and cultural organizer from Chicago. She is an associate professor in the Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity at the University of Chicago. In 2021, she was named a USA Artists Fellow.

She is the award-winning author of four books: the poetry collections Electric Arches and 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side, and a novel for young readers, Maya and the Robot.

With Nate Marshall, she co-wrote the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, and has written several projects for Marvel Comics, most notably the Ironheart series as well as Marvel Team-Up and Champions. Ewing also co-wrote a story with Janelle Monáe for the collection of Black queer Afrofuturist fiction The Memory Librarian, and collaborated with Colin Kaepernick on the young adult graphic novel Change the Game (forthcoming from Scholastic).

She is currently working on a project called The Afrofuturist Dialogues, an introductory text that explores basic ideas and questions at the core of Afrofuturism using the format of a Socratic dialogue,

During her residency at MacDowell in 2022, Ewing completed a draft of the book Original Sins: The (Mis)Education of Black and Native Youth and the Construction of American Racism, to be published by One World. She also completed a script for the comic book series Monica Rambeau: Photon.

Studios

Mixter

Eve Ewing worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The small building was originally entered on the…

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