Elizabeth Acevedo


ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is a New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X, With the Fire on High, and Clap When You Land. 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 (YesYes 2016), The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018), & With The Fire On High (HarperCollins, 2019). She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo has been a fellow of Cave Canem, Cantomundo, and a participant in the Callaloo Writer’s Workshops. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, and resides in Washington, DC with her love. Source

Ode to the Head Nod

the slight angling up of the forehead

neck extension                        quick jut of chin


meeting the strangers’ eyes

a gilded curtsy to the sunfill in another


in yourself      tithe of respect

in an early version the copy editor deleted


the word “head” from the title

the copy editor says              it’s implied


the copy editor means well

the copy editor means


she is only fluent in one language of gestures

i do not explain                     i feel sad for her


limited understanding of greetings              & maybe

this is why my acknowledgements are so long;


didn’t we learn this early?

            to look at white spaces


            & find the color       

            thank god o thank god for



                                                                                        are here.





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Intersectionality & Culture

Joy & Praise

Poetic Form

Literary Devices:


a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences


a lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner and written in varied or irregular meter