"Eve Ewing and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib are two of the most important writers and thinkers of our generation. They reject intellectual and artistic compartmentalization, moving fluidly between genre and medium. Their work is imbued with urgency, rigor, and empathy that both complicates and enriches our understand of the world around us. To think of what they will accomplish together as Echo Hotel, is beyond anything I can imagine -- our world will be better for it."
- Clint Smith, poet, essayist, and educator
Echo Hotel is a duo of Midwest born and raised poets, essayists, and cultural critics, made up of Eve L. Ewing and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. We aim to celebrate our roots, remaining true to the legacy of storytelling that has been passed down to us through generations. Through our work, we build worlds where marginalized voices can find a brief home--a place for escape, celebration, and healing, through the lenses of history, popular culture, and our hometowns of Chicago and Columbus. Our work explores blackness, both from our unique individual perspectives, and at the intersections we share. In this era of black art and black creativity, we believed it necessary to come together, hold each other up, and more effectively find ways to engage the world. In our poetry, prose, essays, or critical literature, we always look to expand on the stories that have helped to keep us alive, in hopes that they may do the same for others.
Born and raised in Chicago, Eve Ewing is an essayist and poet whose work has been published in venues such as Poetry, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, Union Station, the anthology The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and many other outlets. Currently, she is an editor and staff writer for Seven Scribes. She is co-founder and co-director of Crescendo Literary, a partnership dedicated to developing relationships and engagement between artists and communities. She is also an organizer of the Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Eve has been a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a recipient of a scholarship from the New Harmony Writers Workshop, and a semi-finalist for the Pamet River Prize. Eve is also a sociologist, a visual artist, and an overzealous eater of fried chicken, donuts, and carne asada tacos.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic. His poems and essays have been published in places such as PEN American, Big Lucks, Vinyl, The FADER, The Nation, The New York Times, and Pitchfork. He is a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, and a columnist at MTV News, where he writes about the intersection of music, culture, and identity. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has given readings and lectures at colleges across the country. Hanif is also an avid sneaker enthusiast, a hopeless Minnesota Timberwolves fan, and is probably in a Waffle House right now.