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Elizabeth Acevedo

College Spoken Word Artist & Author

Elizabeth Acevedo was born as the youngest child of Dominican immigrants. Raised in New York City, her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. With over 12 years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, and has delivered several TEDTalks. She has graced renowned…

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Elizabeth Acevedo was born as the youngest child of Dominican immigrants. Raised in New York City, her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. With over 12 years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, and has delivered several TEDTalks. She has graced renowned venues, such as the 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.

Her passion for poetry has manifested in an increasing body of popular poetry videos, most of which have gone viral and been picked up by PBS, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Upworthy Magazine. She says, “I commit wholeheartedly to the mission that my mother’s stories will not die with her. I believe wholeheartedly telling my own story is an act of love and survival.” Many of her poems have been published, or are forthcoming in Puerto Del Sol, the Callaloo Journal, Poet Lore, Notre Dame Review, and others.

Acevedo is a National Slam Champion, Beltway Grand Slam Champion, 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 and Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm, winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize. A novel, The Poet X is scheduled for release in early 2018.

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Identity Out Loud
A writing workshop that uses language and memory to explore gender, race, culture and socio-economics. Participants will be asked to think critically about the different factors that have developed them as an individual and write in ways that uplift and celebrate all parts of the self. This workshop is generative.

What I Never Said
This workshop is a generative writing workshop that looks to explore the micro-agression performed against us based on our gender, sexuality, or race and utilizes poetry as a way to talk about the silences we’ve kept. Based in text by renown writers, this workshop is great to open communication and works under the premise that all wounds need witness in order to heal.

A Small Needful Fact
Based on Ross Gays’ poem of the same title, this is a generative workshop that takes on a broader-scope, social justice angle and encourages participants to consider causes they’re passionate about, and the necessity of writing about those causes.

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Elizabeth Acevedo - "Spear" (NPS 2014)

I use my poetry to confront the violence against women - Elizabeth Acevedo - TEDxMidAtlanticSalon

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