Eris Eady (she/they) is writer, artist, consultant and intersectional advocate from Cleveland, Ohio
Non-fiction writer, poet and storyteller featured in The Guardian, For Harriet, The Root, BBC World News & Al Jazeera
Organizational development practitioner and Executive Coach seeking to foster solution oriented environments in the private, public, and artistic sectors
Brand-centric event planner, promoter, and logistical coordinator
Talented trainer, public speaker, performer and coach that ignites and inspires hearers to action
Custom curriculum developer for train-the-trainers and direct service programming
Expert mixed-media integrator; bridging multiple forms of skills, knowledge, and philosophies for optimal engagement
The life work of Eris Eady is to engage all people on topics of diversity, leadership, and social justice. As a holder of twenty 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 alum 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. Currently Eris is a project organizer for the Alliance for Safety and Justice, a national criminal justice reform organization that centers survivors of crime.
Eris 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, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 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.
Womannish: Redefining Womanhood in a World that Won't Make Room (2017) is the debut one 'woman' show, presented at the University of Akron, and the Bisexual Arts Festival.
Eris Eady’s first full length book Journey To Whole: Excerpts, Essays and Exhales (2016), and BRUH: poems to pay for alimony (2020) are available now.
Eris obtained a Master's in Positive Organizational Development & Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She loves to cook, laugh and dance. Eris is proud member of Alpha Zeta Gamma Sorority, Incorporated.