Acevedo to speak at WVWC

BUCKHANNON– West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Bobcat Entertainment will present Elizabeth Acevedo, a poet and writer, at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Loar Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Acevedo was born and raised in New York City, and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in performing arts from The George Washington University and an Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Maryland. With more than 12 years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, as well as delivered several TED Talks.

She has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts and South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels and the National Library of Kosovo; she is also well known for poetry videos, which have gone viral and been picked up by PBS, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Upworthy.

Acevedo is a National Slam Champion, Beltway Grand Slam Champion and the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington, D.C., where she lives and works.

Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in 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 is the author of two poetry collections: “Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths” (YesYes Books, 2016) and winner of the of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, “Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm” (Tupelo Press, forthcoming), and a novel, “The Poet X” (HarperCollins, 2018).