Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Elizabeth Acevedo: Writer, Performer, Educator

 I’ll never forget the first time I heard her words. It was December of 2012. Somehow I had stumbled upon a video on YouTube of Elizabeth Acevedo performing her poem, “Tumbao.” It was her words that captured me—“It’s the way our hips skip to the beat of Cumbia, Merengue, y Salsa,”—and had me shouting YESSSSS at my computer screen.
“We are the unforeseen children born out of cultural wedlock-
                  hair too kinky for Spain, too wavy for dreadlocks- so our palms tell the cuentos
                  of many tierras: read our lifelines.”
And it’s still her words that have kept my attention for all these years.
Born to Dominican immigrants, Elizabeth’s words have taken her places she never imagined while growing up in New York City. Whether performing internationally or at a local bookstore—where I met her last month, Elizabeth is just as humble and down to earth as a poet who is just starting out.
She has been featured on BET and Mun2, has graced the stages at Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center, and has also delivered a Tedx Talk about being present. Most recently Elizabeth compiled her poems into a self-published book titled, Birth-Marked.

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