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Brazos Valley Reads 2020: Elizabeth Acevedo and the Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo will discuss her award-winning novel, The Poet X, as a part of the Brazos Valley Reads initiative at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2020.

The Brazos Valley Reads (BVR) Committee is very pleased to announce that at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 25th, 2020 our BVR speaker will be Elizabeth Acevedo. Her presentation at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center will feature her novel-in-verse — The Poet X — and also include her novel With the Fire on High. The talk will last an hour, with fifteen minutes for a Q&A, followed by a book-signing. The event is free and open to the public.

There will also be other events on campus Feb. 25th, such as the Masters Class for Creative Writing (12-15 students), meals, one class visit, and Coffee Reception: further details TBA.

The Poet X won the National Book Award winner for Young People’s Literature (2018), the  Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (2018), the Golden Kite Award for Young Adult Fiction (2019), the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction (2019), and the Carnegie Medal—making Acevedo the “first ever writer of colour to win the UK’s most prestigious children’s books award. [The book is] according to the judges, “a searing, unflinching exploration of culture, family and faith within a truly innovative verse structure.”

Acevedo is also the author of two poetry collections—Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths and Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm, which won the Berkshire Prize. Most recently, she has published the prose novel With the Fire on High, which will be produced as a film by Picturestart. Acevedo will be writing the screenplay. 

Elizabeth Acevedo is a talented performer as well as a writer: she is a National Poetry Slam Champion and has also competed globally, representing the United States at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam. 

You can read more about Elizabeth Acevedo here.