ELIZABETH ACEVEDO was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with her Dominican parents’ bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion as well as a Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. Acevedo is a 2010 Teach for America Corps member, and a former writing instructor at the University of Maryland as well as the head coach and Assistant Youth Programs Coordinator for The DC Youth Slam Team. Her manuscript, Beastgirl, was a finalist for Yes Yes Books’ chapbook poetry prize and will be published in the September 2016. She lives in Washington, D.C. For more about Elizabeth, see: www.acevedopoetry.com
“Elizabeth Acevedo’s stories are rendered with a passion, and a grit that only a life well lived can teach. Her presence, so immediate, and so easy to connect to. She pulls you in with ease, and knocks you out with a warm smile.”
—Michael Tapscott, Director of the Multicultural Student Services Center at The George Washington University
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