Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing
Mon, 03/12/2018 - 4:09pm by manz
A few weeks ago the American Library Association announced winners and honors in books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. One of my favorite awards in this group is the Alex Award. The Alex Award is given annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
One immediate standout in this year’s group of winners is Eve L. Ewing’s book of prose and poetry, Electric Arches. Ewing is a sociologist of education and grew up in Chicago. She is an academic, a scholar, essayist, and visual artist with skill and knowledge beyond her age. She studies racial inequality in public schools, particularly in Chicago, and has such a strong voice. This is not just another collection of poetry and essays – her words exist to engage, inspire, and move the reader. Interspersed with visual art, her poems hum on about such things as 1990s Chicago, growing up a black female, art, politics, hair, Prince, and Lebron James.