Yo. Welcome. I’m hype you’re here.
I’m ELIZABETH ACEVEDO.
I hail from New York City and I’m the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants (Wepa!). I’ve gotten all kinds of schooling: from learning the essential elements of writing and performing at the little park on my block, to receiving a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. I’ve been a part of corner cyphers, and fancy workshops and I don’t put those credits here to big myself up, but just to pay respect to the academic and non-academic settings that inform my work; that forced me to find my voice and taught me to take up space.
I been writing and performing for a long-ass time; been on television, given TEDTalks, traveled all over the world and all over the country on tour. I write both poetry and fiction and it’s not a stretch to say, I love language. I commit wholeheartedly to the mission that my mother’s stories will not die with her. I believe wholeheartedly telling my own story is an act of love and survival.
On some real tip, reading and writing changed the course of my life and because of both, I now understand myself better. This is not my official bio (although you can find that below, if you’d like). This is my personal invitation for you to explore my website, to interact with my work, to find joy here and to be boldly moved to let your own joy loose upon the world.
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit.
She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fifteen years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on B.E.T, TV One’s Verses and Flow and has also delivered several TED Talks. She has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels, and the National Library of Kosovo.
Acevedo is a National Slam Champion, Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington, D.C, where she placed 8th in the world.
Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Puerto Del Sol, Callaloo, The Notre Dame Review, and others. Acevedo is a Cave Canem Fellow, Cantomundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She is the author of the chapbook, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and the New York Times bestselling novel, The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018).