Elizabeth Acevedo

Current Mentor-in-Residence, Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times best selling author of the award-winning novel, The Poet X. Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, finalist for the National Book Award, and the winner of the Boston-Globe Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children’s Fiction of 2018.

Acevedo’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, 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’s given TedTalks and has been a featured reader nationally and internationally, including appearance at 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.

Acevedo holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband.

Elizabeth Acevedo will serve as the first Ifill Mentor-in-Residence from February 11th through February 13th, 2019. She will be co-hosted by Children's Literature and Africana Studies.