Elizabeth Acevedo was born in New York City, she is the daughter of immigrants born in the Dominican Republic and the youngest child and only daughter. Elizabeth Acevedo received a Ba in Performing arts from George Washington University, she also received MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. In her own words she proudly talks about her accomplishments not because she wants to show off but because she likes to give respect to all of her academic work. She feels that writing and performing help her understand herself better and the world. Elizabeth has been on television, given TEDtalks and took time to travel around the world. She does not only focus on poetry, but she also has written fiction stories.
The way Elizabeth got involved with poetry was because she loved to come up with songs but never felt like she had a great voice to become a singer, so she turned to hip hop and wanted to try rapping. With rapping in mind, she discovered poetry slams which also lead her to publishing fiction work. Some of her achievements in life was winning a National Poetry Slam. Her debut NovelThe Poet X (2018), won the National Book Award. Some of her favorite writers are Julia Alvarex, Lucille Clifton and Gloria Anzaldua.