Elizabeth Acevedo is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. 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 fourteen years of performance experience, Acevedo has toured her poetry nationally and internationally. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths and winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm. The Poet X (Harper Teen) is her debut novel.
The Poet X won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and is also the winner of the Boston-Globe Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children's Fiction of 2018.
An acclaimed poet, 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.
Currently, Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC.
Praise for The Poet X:
“A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart.”
— Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak and Chains
“Crackles with energy and snaps with authenticity and voice. Every poem in this stunningly addictive and deliciously rhythmic verse novel begs to be read aloud. Xiomara is a protagonist who readers will cheer for at every turn. As X might say, Acevedo’s got bars. Don’t pass this one by.”
— Justina Ireland, author of Dread Nation
“In The Poet X, Acevedo skillfully sculpts powerful, self-contained poems into a masterpiece of a story, and has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero.”
— Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street
“Though vivid with detail about family, love, and culture, The Poet X is more of an exploration of when the poet becomes the poem... Acevedo delivers an incredibly potent debut.”
— Jason Reynolds, author of National Book Award Finalist Ghost
“A glorious achievement. This is a story about what it means to be a writer and how to survive when it feels like the whole world’s turned against you.”
— Daniel José Older, author of the Shadowshaper Cypher series
“A powerful, heartwarming tale of a girl not afraid to reach out and figure out her place in the world."