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ELECTRIC ARCHES: A MASSLeap Fundraiser with Eve Ewing

Where: Make Shift Boston - 549 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
When: Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 pm
Tickets: $20. This party will serve as a fund raiser for youth spoken word non-profit Mass LEAP

Join Papercuts, MassLEAP, and poet Eve Ewing to celebrate the launch of her new book Electric Arches.

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Original meditations on race, gender, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up, from a distinctive new voice.

Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.

Blending stark realism with the surreal and fantastic, Eve L. Ewing’s narrative takes us from the streets of 1990s Chicago to an unspecified future, deftly navigating the boundaries of space, time, and reality. Ewing imagines familiar figures in magical circumstances—blues legend Koko Taylor is a tall-tale hero; LeBron James travels through time and encounters his teenage self. She identifies everyday objects—hair moisturizer, a spiral notebook—as precious icons.

Her visual art is spare, playful, and poignant—a cereal box decoder ring that allows the wearer to understand what Black girls are saying; a teacher’s angry, subversive message scrawled on the chalkboard. Electric Arches invites fresh conversations about race, gender, the city, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up.

Eve L. Ewing is a writer, scholar, artist, and educator from Chicago. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, New Republic, The Nation, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She is a sociologist at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

This release party will serve as a fund raiser for youth spoken word non-profit Mass LEAP (

Space is limited, and tickets will be required for entry. The evening will also feature readings by local poets. Books will be available for sale.


“Eve L. Ewing’s stunning debut collides an array of forms as she questions what the imagination can make possible in the realm of social justice. As the boundaries between the self and the outside world blur, the political ramifications of interior life start to become clearer.” –Publishers Weekly

The Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance, or MassLEAP, is dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth to experience the transformative power of their own voices in community with one another. We exist as a platform for young people, artist-educators and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken word poetry forums. We facilitate arts learning spaces and build relationships among communities throughout Massachusetts.