National Poetry Month Celebration 2015
Bio: ELIZABETH ACEVEDO 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 holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and is currently an MFA candidate at 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 a TED Talk that aired in March of 2013. She has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, and the State Theatre in Pretoria, South Africa.
Acevedo is a National Slam Champion, the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington DC (placing in the top twenty-five in the overall competition) and she holds the distinction of being the 2014 Beltway Grand Slam Champion. She lives in Washington D.C. and has been published or has poems forthcoming in The Acentos Review, The Ostrich Review, Callaloo, Poet Lore and The Notre Dame Review.
1. Where do you draw your inspiration from to write poetry?
The daily things, small moments, language that rings in my ear as particularly poetic.
2. What advice do you have for someone that is threatened by poetry?
If you're threatened by poetry, good. That means you're doing it right. Poetry should be threatening. It's scary to explore feelings and untold stories and it requires vulnerability to face those risks and do it anyway. But what better way to understand yourself and the world?
3. Where are you from/Where do you live?
I'm originally from New York City, but I live in Washington DC.
4. Who is your favorite poet?
A Poet in Action
Upcoming events and interviews can be viewed at www.acevedopoetry.com
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