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Elizabeth Acevedo: Rising star of American poetry and bestselling
YA novelist
Elizabeth Acevedo

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Craft Talk — 4:15 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition
Presentation/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center.

Elizabeth Acevedo, the daughter of Dominican immigrants, is a National Poetry Slam Champion (2014) and author of the New York Times bestselling young adult novel, The Poet X (2018), the story of an Afro-Latina teenager growing up in New York City. She confronts prejudice and sexual harassment while discovering her voice and her literary ambitions.

School Library Journal called it, “magnificently crafted,” and bestselling YA author Jason Reynolds called it, “an incredibly potent debut.”

Acevedo’s viral poetry videos about oppressive beauty standards and rape culture have been showcased by Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Latina Magazine and PBS, and her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Puerto Del Sol, Callaloo, The Notre Dame Review, and others.

Acevedo is a Cave Canem Fellow, Cantomundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop.

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Cosponsored by the UAlbany Student Association and Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.