Yo. Welcome. It's so dope 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 respects 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 wrote 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 shit, reading and writing changed the course of my life and because of both I now understand myself better. My hope is that my work does that for someone else. 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. 

official bio

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 twelve years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, as well as 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, and South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels, and the National Library of Kosovo; she is also well known for  poetry videos, which have gone viral and been picked up by PBS, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Upworthy.

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 lives and works. 

Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Puerto Del Sol, Callaloo, Poet Lore, 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 two poetry collections: Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016)  and winner of the of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra's Palm (Tupelo Press, forthcoming), and a novel, The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018). 

 

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                        Photo: Bethany Thomas

                        Photo: Bethany Thomas