Elizabeth Acevedo photo

Words & Pictures

Elizabeth Acevedo

Co-presented with Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

In conversation with Angie Cruz

Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X—which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award—as well as With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland.

“Returning to verse, Acevedo subtly, skillfully uses language and rhythm to give voice to the sisters’ grief, anger, and uncertainty; Camino’s introspective openness; and Yahaira’s tendency toward order and leadership. Raw and emotional, Acevedo’s exploration of loss packs an effective double punch, unraveling the aftermath of losing a parent alongside the realities of familial inheritance.”


Book Signing

A book signing will follow the program. Books will be available for sale before and after the lecture from City of Asylum Bookstore.


University of Pittsburgh Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

Words & Pictures is presented in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh with support from EQT FoundationThe Grable Foundation, and J.B. Finley Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo


Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.


In person event takes place at the Schenley Plaza Tent, registration for the in-person event is now full

Virtual Lecture

Receive by email on Tuesday, October 12, 2021
A link to the recorded live event will be sent to all registrants on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 for the virtual lecture option. The video will be available to view for one week after you receive the link.


This is a rain or shine event. In case of severe weather, we will notify everyone who registered for the in-person event of a cancellation at least 5 hours prior to the event by email. Everyone who has registered will receive a video link to view Elizabeth Acevedo and Kiese Laymon’s event at a later date.


This is an outdoor event, for your safety and the safety of those around you, all those attending must wear face masks that covers both the nose and mouth.


Schenley Plaza Tent
4100 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15260


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