Jun 10th 2020

Online Event

Please join Arts + Public Life (APL), the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC), Logan Community Arts, and the Office of Vice Provost Melissa Gilliam for a poetry event celebrating the publication of Krista Franklin’s new book, Too Much Midnight. Krista is a 2013-14 APL/CSRPC Artist-in-Residence and will be joined in reading by fellow 2012-13 APL/CSRPC Artist-in-Residence avery r young; and CSRPC Faculty Affiliate, sociologist, author, poet, and visual artist, Eve L. Ewing.

Krista Franklin draws on Pan African histories, Black Surrealism, Afrofuturism, pop culture, art history, and the historical and present-day micro-to-macro violence inflicted upon Black people and other people of color, working to forge imaginative spaces for radical possibilities and visions of liberation.

Featuring 30 poems, 30 artworks, an author statement and an interview, Too Much Midnight chronicles the intersections between art and life, art and writing, the historical and the speculative, cultural and personal identity, the magical and the mundane.

Purchase Too Much Midnight at https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1460-too-much-midnight

Krista Franklin
Krista Franklin is a writer and visual artist, the author of Too Much Midnight (Haymarket Books,
2020), Under the Knife (Candor Arts, 2018), and Study of Love & Black Body (Willow Books, 2012). Her
visual art has appeared on multiple poetry collections, and exhibited at Poetry Foundation, the
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Studio Museum in Harlem, National Museum of Mexican
Art, and the set of the television show Empire. She lives and works in Chicago.

avery r. young
Interdisciplinary artist avery r. young is also an award-winning teaching artist who has been an Arts + Public Life Artist-In-Residence at the University of Chicago. In the foreword of his most recent book neckbone: visual verses (Northwestern University Press), Theaster Gates called him “one of our greatest living street poets…one of the most important thinkers on the Black experience.” Young’s poems and essays have been published in Cecil McDonald’s In The Company of Black, The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, AIMPrint, and other anthologies. His album booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid engages matters of race, gender, and sexuality in America during the Obama Era. Avery’s work in performance, visual text, and sound design has been featured in several exhibitions and theatre festivals. He is the featured vocalist on flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening (FPE Records) and is 1 of 4 directors of The Floating Museum, co-mentoring Rebirth Youth Poetry Ensemble and performing with his band, de deacon board.

Eve L. Ewing
Eve L. Ewing is the author of the poetry collections 1919 and Electric Arches and the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She has written several projects for Marvel Comics, including the Champions series and the Ironheart series. Her first book for young readers, Maya and the Robot, is forthcoming in 2021. Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

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