Elizabeth Acevedo graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Performing Arts and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and Callaloo Writer's Workshop participant, as well as a National Poetry Slam Champion. Her writing has been or will appear in the Notre Dame Review, Callaloo, Puerto Del Sol, Poet Lore, and Beltway Quarterly, among other publications. BEASTGIRLS & OTHER ORIGIN MYTHS, a finalist for the YesYes Books Vinyl 45 Contest, was released in October 2016, while Medusa Reads La Negra's Palm, the winner of the 2016 Berkshire Award, will be published by Tupelo Press. She currently resides in Washington, DC.