by Eve L. Ewing
Reflections on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our divided urban landscapes.
NPR Best Books of 2019
Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2019
Chicago Review of Books Best Poetry Book of 2019
O Magazine Best Books by Women of Summer 2019
The Millions Must-Read Poetry of June 2019
LitHub Most Anticipated Reads of Summer 2019
"Via a variety of poetic forms -- erasure, Golden Shovel, haibun -- Ewing evocatively shows, rather than tells, the ways in which history repeats itself. 1919 is thoughtfully spare, accommodating questions and blank space. Through this economy of language, Ewing -- who also co-penned a play about poet Gwendolyn Brooks and writes a Marvel comic series -- invites readers into a conversation." -- Chicago Tribune
"Eve Ewing's 1919 is a window into the mental and emotional lives of Black Americans in a Chicago, in an America, where time beckons oppressively. Exodus and deliverance to a promised land? The eternal return of racist violence? Time lends haunted hope. Maybe circular time, the eternal return, could cease and turn linear, toward exodus and deliverance. 1919 places readers in the minds and bodies of Black Chicagoans, Black Americans, and asks readers to see what has been, and what could be." -- Vice
About the Author:
Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is 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 also author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side, the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, and a contributor to The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. She 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.