Ewing, a sociologist of education and award-winning author, talked with students about life as writer, answered questions about Maya and her work for Marvel Comics, and led students in a group writing exercise to create their own story about Rosie, a 9-year-old in Paris who has to overcome her fear when zombies attack her ice cream shop.
A Chicago native, Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and is the award-winning author of four books, also including the poetry collections Electric Arches and 1919, 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, most notably the Ironheart series as well as Marvel Team-Up and Champions. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues.