Elizabeth Acevedo is a poet, writer, and an Hermana of Sigma Lambda Upsilon / Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. 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 as a performing poet, Acevedo has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels, the National Library of Kosovo and many others; she is also well known for poetry videos, which have gone viral and been picked up by PBS, Latina Magazine, and Cosmopolitan.
Acevedo is a National Slam Champion and 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 her debut novel, The Poet X (HarperCollins) will be published in 2018.