|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 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 a TED Talk on the importance of the human connection.
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; she is also well known for
poetry videos which went viral and were picked up by Upworthy, Everyday Feminism, and For Harriet.
Acevedo is a National Slam Champion, Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and
2014 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 The Acentos Review,
The Ostrich Review, Split this Rock, Callaloo, Poet Lore, The Notre Dame Review,
Rappahannock Review, and Locked Horned Press. Acevedo is a Cave Canem Fellow,
Cantomundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's Workshop.
Her manuscript, Blessed Fruit & Other Origin Myths, was a finalist for Yes Yes Books’
chapbook poetry prize and will be published in fall of 2016.