Elizabeth Acevedo

ELIZABETH ACEVEDO’s 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. With over twelve years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, as well as delivered several TED Talks and is well known for her poetry videos which have gone viral and been picked up by PBS, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post and Upworthy. Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion and her poetry manuscript, & Other Origin Myths, was published in September 2016 and she her young adult novel forthcoming.

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workshops

“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.

 

 

 

Diversity

ELIZABETH ACEVEDO – ”We are all light wrapped in skin, birthmarked perfect.” Elizabeth offers workshops on race, culture, gender and feminism, and is able to craft a workshop especially for your needs and demographic. She 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 is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Washington DC Women of the World Poetry Slam representative, as well as a Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. Her poetry has been featured on Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Upworthy, Huffington Post, B.E.T., and PBS. Her manuscript, & Other Origin Mythswill be published by Yes Yes Books’ in the September 2016. As a writer, performer and educator Elizabeth Acevedo is willing and able to provide a feature or full performance, host/MC an event, teach a writing or performance workshop, guest lecture and lead a discussion.

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Reviews

Mark Carbonara
Dominican University
“Elizabeth was absolutely amazing, both on stage and off stage. She was exactly what we were looking for in our program and her talent wowed our students. We were very happy with the event.”

Christina Franqui
Ithaca College
“Last night was absolutely incredible. We could not have asked for a better turnout and a better event overall.  There were so many people in the audience that were able to relate to Elizabeth on a deeper level and that’s what made the atmosphere so great.  I haven’t heard anything but good feedback and I’ve had multiple requests to bring her back next year because she left such a good impression on everyone.  There were even faculty members in the audience that are anticipating to show their classes videos of Elizabeth’s poems because they feel that the pieces would contribute significantly to their respective curricula.”

Emily Umstead
Aquinas College
“She was wonderful. It was a perfect fit for the event, the audience loved her! She gave them a space to explore some emotions they may have or need to understand from an outsider’s perspective or just a space to hear what she had to say abut her experiences, observations, etc. One of the students from the club we were collaborating with even said we need to bring her back in the future. She is one performer we will be keeping in our heads for future performances.”