Elizabeth Acevedo

On December 3rd, we hosted the National Book Award winning author of The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo. Tune into the recording below for a luminary conversation on race and writing, activism and fiction, creativity –– and how young writers can change the world.

About the Author

Poet, novelist, and National Poetry Slam Champion, Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City, the only daughter of Dominican immigrants. Her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. From the border in the Dominican Republic to the bustling streets of New York City, Acevedo considers how some bodies must walk through the world as beastly beings. She’s also given TedTalks and has been a featured reader nationally and internationally, including appearance at renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels, the National Library of Kosovo and many others.


About the Series: Partners & Reflections

NYC Service

This event was the second installation of our series on Change in partnership with NYC Service, connecting you with world-renowned authors, activists, and changemakers from right here in New York City. Stay tuned for more events and opportunities to come –– our next is with Jason Reynolds. And, if you’re 14-21 and want to make difference in NYC, head to the NYC Youth Leadership Councils Common Application.

The New York Public Library

We were thrilled to collaborate with the NYPL to bring you this event. Head to to access Elizabeth’s work free of charge, courtesy of the NYPL.


To center youth voice in the event, we invite all students & NYC Youth Leadership Councils members to submit short reflections –– around 100 to 200 words –– for publication in a special section of our site and Documentar social media platforms. Your reflections can be wide ranging: ways you’ve been involved with leadership and service, what activism means to you, a personal anecdote about the power of writing, or anything else you think connects to the themes of our conversation.

Select submissions will be featured and promoted –– Click here to submit your reflection.