In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting remarkableindividuals who have forged their own path to success—and inspired their communities along the way.
Meet Elizabeth Acevedo: Novelist, poet and the first person of color to win the Carnegie Medal, among many other prestigious literary awards. Here are words and product picks from the bestselling author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High.
“These are my favorite pens to sign with.”
My community is largely the reason why I tell stories and they are the exact reason why I tell them in the language I do; without italicized Spanish, without apologies for sounding like the places I'm from.
I write to, for, and about my community in an effort to ensure we are seen and written about with tenderness and care; that we are reminded we too are American literature.
“I write better when it’s against the clock —and the hourglass means I can turn off my phone.”
I was a middle school English Language Arts teacher in Maryland. My students consistently asked me for books that sounded like them. Without that request, I may have never taken the risk of attempting to write a novel for that specific age group.
Stay tuned! We’ll be highlighting someone each week of Hispanic Heritage Month.