Elizabeth Acevedo

Listening to Elizabeth Acevedo talk about her process, her experience, and her work is poetry in itself. In this episode we talk about how writing is a vehicle for emotional expression that might not necessarily get directed elsewhere and how poetry is edited with the ear. Listeners will also be treated to a spoken excerpt from Elizabeth’s new novel.


Elizabeth Acevedo is a New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High. Her critically-acclaimed debut novel, The Poet X, won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is also the recipient of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award. Additionally, she was honored with the 2019 Pure Belpré Author Award for celebrating, affirming, and portraying Latinx culture and experience. Her books include, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths, The Poet X, and With The Fire On High. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, and resides in Washington, DC, with her love.

The Takeaway: Write a Story in Verse

Take a scene from your story and write it in verse, by putting in line breaks and making it into a poem. Or start from scratch and see what happens. One of the things that can happen in doing this exercise is that you’re more conscious of putting poetry into your prose—and that will deepen your writing and make your prose more sophisticated, both good things.

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