1919

1919

Poetic reflections on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our divided urban landscapes.

The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots that comprised the “Red Summer” of violence across the nation’s cities, is an event that has shaped the last century but is widely unknown. In 1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event—which lasted eight days and resulted in thirty-eight deaths and almost 500 injuries—through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city. Ewing uses speculative and Afrofuturist lenses to recast history, and illuminates the thin line between the past and the present.

Title:1919
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781608465989
Format Type:

    1919 Reviews

  • Bogi Takßcs

    A poem cycle about the Chicago race riots of 1919. An absolute standout, a tapestry of poetry, nonfiction, even with the occasional speculative element. A very strong second collection after a very st...

  • Allison Nettnin

    Haunting. Restrained. Powerful....

  • Em

    I've been waiting to read this since I first heard of it last year or earlier this year. My first read of it, today, is the 100 year anniversary of Eugene William's death and the start of the worst ri...

  • 2TReads

    'to all those who speak of rivers; to all those who made safe passage and to all those lost in the waters'.Eve L. Ewing through her poems in 1919, seeks to incite a passion in us to talk about the rac...

  • Cathleen

    "A precision that is both beautiful and deeply uncomfortable..."The above originated in an NPR review of Electric Arches, but the sentiment perfectly encapsulates the experience of 1919.The creative v...

  • Beverly

    thoughts coming shortly...

  • Leah Rachel von Essen

    In 1919, my most anticipated book of the year, Ewing paints a history in verse of the city before, during, and after the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, sparked when a black boy at 31st Street Beach drifte...

  • Mariel

    A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of seeing Eve Ewing read from this collection at a bookstore in Chicago. The first poem she read was called "Jump/Rope," and when the poem ended, you could practic...

  • Jolean

    Poignant. Finished in one sitting, but a few of these will give you pause and youÔÇÖll need a moment (Sightseers, It WouldnÔÇÖt Take Much) and others goosebumps (I Saw Emmitt Till, *The Day of the Und...

  • Kristin Runyon

    What an incredible collection of poems inspired by a primary source, and all of them accessible. I think itÔÇÖs important for Eve L. EwingÔÇÖs message to reach as many people possible, as necessary. I...