“All the women are white, all the Blacks are men, but some of us are brave.”
Womannish is an aggressively delicate conversation that writer, poet, and advocate Eris Eady has with herself about the complexities of showing up in this world as Black, Bisexual and mostly Cisgender. Womannish dares to interrogate our identities through laughter, love, and a fair amount of cussin'.
The life work of Eris Eady is to engage all people on topics of diversity, leadership, and social justice. As a holder of ten plus years of non-profit experience, Eris believes in the necessary conjunction of arts & activism. It is for this reason that she uses love of creative arts, leadership development and service learning to effect change in the city of Cleveland and beyond.
Eris is an AmeriCorps Alumna that served with City Year Cleveland for two years before attending Notre Dame College as the 1st student to graduate with the City Year scholarship. Eris graduated from Notre Dame College with a Public Relations degree, and went directly into the workforce serving as a program specialist for the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio where she offered social justice curriculum development for K-12. For almost four years Eris worked for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio as the Regional Public Affairs Manager, doing Reproductive Justice work all over Ohio. From there Eris went on to serve as the Multicultural & Education Manager for the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center where she witnessed firsthand the impact of trauma and oppression. She currently serves as Program Director of the LGBT Community Center Greater Cleveland.
She has lectured at high schools and colleges on topics of social justice, leadership, diversity and cultural competence including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, The Ohio State University, Kent State University, Akron University, Beaumont High School, and Andrews Osborne Academy. Eris’ writing has been featured in The Guardian, For Harriet, The Root, and she’s interviewed with the BBC, and Al Jazeera.
Eris joined Eccentric Visions of Evolution (E.V.E.), Ohio’s first all-female poetry collective in 2002 she then joined the 3rd generation of Black Poetic Society; Cleveland’s first all-black poetry Collective in 2010. In March of 2009 Eris fulfilled her dream of performing on the Apollo Stage in Harlem, New York where she came in 2nd place. Eris was the coach for the 2010 & 2011 Brave New Voices international poetry slam team at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, and has volunteered countless hours towards the poetry community in Greater Cleveland. In 2010 she launched Strange7Fruit, an earring and accessory line that acknowledges the brutal history of the American-African. In 2013 Eris stepped out on faith and competed in the Women of the World Poetry Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she made it to final stage and came in 7th Place representing the Lake Effect Poetry Team. Eris is a member of the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers, and the National Association of Black Storytellers.
Eris is currently obtaining her Master's in Positive Organizational Development & Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She loves to cook, laugh, dance, and passionate about bisexual visibility. She co-created the Cleveland Bisexual Network; a social and support collective for the greater Cleveland Bi+ community.
Eris Eady’s first full length book Journey To Whole: Excerpts, Essays and Exhales is available now!
For interviews with Eris Eady contact Catherine Jones - firstname.lastname@example.org