Yo. Welcome. 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. 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 more information here and to be boldly moved to let your own creativity loose upon the world.
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the New York Times best selling author of the award-winning novel, THE POET X. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion and 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 has been long listed for a National Book Award, Kirkus Book Prize and she is the winner of the Boston-Globe Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children’s Fiction of 2018 for which she will receive an award tomorrow evening.
She resides in Washington, D.C. with her partner. Please welcome, Elizabeth Acevedo.