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.”


Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of the New York Times’ bestselling young adult novels The Poet X and With the Fire on High. She is the winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award, the 2018 Pura Belpre Award, and the Boston-Globe Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children’s Fiction of 2018.

A world-renowned poet, Elizabeth is a National Slam Champion, and 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.

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