Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo

 New York City, New York, USA
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Native New Yorker and 2nd Generation Dominican Immigrant Elizabeth Acevedo has performed Slam Poetry since the age of 14 and has been honored as the featured poet for BET's You(the) Speak Out Campaign and showcased on TV's Lyric Cafe!


ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the daughter of Dominican immigrants, proudly born and raised in the heart of New York City. Through poetry that is infused with hip-hop and bolero she uses her words as a way to translate the world. Slamming since she was 14, Acevedo has featured at several prestigious venues such as the The Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, The Kodak Theatre, and Madison Square Garden. She has graced the stage besides such renowned artist as Lupe Fiasco, M1 from Dead Prez, Stacyann Chin and Lemon from Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.

She was a featured poet for BET’s You(th) Speak Out national public service announcement, as well as a featured poet in their political slam during the 2008 elections. Other television appearances include the third season of Mun2’s The Chica’s Project as well as season 3 of BET J's Lyric Café. Elizabeth was also a featured poet in the publication Off the Subject: The Words of Lyrical Circle, featuring a foreword by the Grammy nominated Sekou Sundiata and an afterword by Nikki Giovanni. A highlight of her career was as a featured poet in Howard Zinn’s The People Speak

In addition to being a Spoken Word Artist, Acevedo has conducted workshops, partaken in dialogue and built bonds with other artist in South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain, The Dominican Republic, and Honduras. She was a member of the 2010 Teach for America D.C. Region Corps and teaches eighth grade English in Prince George’s County, Maryland.