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 performance during cyphers 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 both academic and non-academic settings that have informed my work; that forced me to find my voice and taught me to take up space.
I write both poetry and fiction and it’s not a stretch to say, I love language. Reading and writing changed the course of my life and because of both, I now understand myself better.
This is not my official bio (you can find that below). 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 encouraged to let your own creativity loose upon the world.
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is a New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High. Her critically-acclaimed debut novel, The Poet X, won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is also the recipient of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award. Additionally, she was honored with the 2019 Pure Belpré Author Award for celebrating, affirming, and portraying Latinx culture and experience.
Her books include, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes 2016), The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018), & With The Fire On High (HarperCollins, 2019).
She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo has been a fellow of Cave Canem, Cantomundo, and a participant in the Callaloo Writer’s Workshops. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, and resides in Washington, DC with her love.