Elizabeth Acevedo

“As a young person, reading opened up the world for me and gave me refuge and wonder when I needed it most. I hope my work does the same for young people of this generation.”

Biography

Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of the groundbreaking teen novel, The Poet X, and the author of two poetry collections, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths and the Berkshire Prize winning Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm.

A world-renowned poet, Elizabeth is a National Slam Champion, a Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington, D.C. Elizabeth has performed at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, South Africa’s State Theatre, Bozar in Brussels, and the National Library of Kosovo. Elizabeth has also delivered several TED Talks, and her masterful poetry videos have been featured in Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, the Huffington Post, and Upworthy.

Born and raised in New York City, Elizabeth is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. Growing up in a family of oral storytellers, Elizabeth was always making up rhymes and singing. By the age of twelve, Elizabeth decided she wanted to be a rapper, but then quickly realized what she really wanted to do was perform poetry. At fourteen, Elizabeth competed in her first poetry slam at the Nuyorican Poets Café, and soon she was participating in open mics around the city at such venues as the Bowery Poetry Club and Urban Word NYC. Elizabeth earned a B.A. in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland.

These days, Elizabeth lives in Washington, D.C. with her partner, Shakir.

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