Elizabeth Acevedo

Winner, 2018 National Book Awards

Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times–bestselling author of the award-winning novel, The Poet X. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland.
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The Poet X

ISBN 9780062662804 HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. The Poet X is the debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo. More about this book >

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Elizabeth Acevedo, YPL Winner, reads at the 2018 National Book Awards Finalists Reading


Author of The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo accepts the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

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Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times–bestselling author of the award-winning novel, The Poet X. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels, and the National Library of Kosovo. Acevedo is a National Slam Champion and her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Puerto Del Sol, CallalooThe Notre Dame Review, and others. Acevedo is a Cave Canem Fellow, Cantomundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her partner.

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