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by Wadzanai Mhute for Oprah Daily

“They call them wild curls

I call them breathing

Ancestors spiraling”

Watch Elizabeth read from her visual poem “Inheritance” here.

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The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, presented annually by ALAN, is an award in the United States for a book that exemplifies literary excellence, widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life in young adult literature. Named for Amelia Elizabeth Walden who was a pioneer in the field of Young Adult literature, it is presented annually to the author of a title selected by ALAN’s Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee. The 2021 Walden Award Press Release

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“This novel has been humming underneath my skin for close to a decade and I’m delighted to share it with the world. Of all the places that could have helped usher it into being, it feels auspicious the manuscript landed in the careful hands of Ecco and my publishing family at HarperCollins. ¡Prepárense! This book is going from soft hum to full-throated chorus.”

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Clap When You Land has been added to the longlist for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal – the UK’s most prestigious and oldest youth literature award.

Elizabeth Acevedo won the Carnegie Medal in 2019 for The Poet X.

You can read more about the award here.

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