Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publishing Date: March 6th, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Poetry, Contemporary
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press, forthcoming). The Poet X is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC.
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The Poet X blog tour will be held from February 26 to March 16, 2018. The tour will include reviews, author Q&A, playlist, and other creative post ideas. Unlike the previous blog tour that I hosted, this one is not for PH bloggers only. It will be open for everyone.
ARCs and eARCs will be provided by the publisher. Everyone will get an eARC but the ARC will only be passed on for PH residents only since it will be unwise to pass it on internationally. It will cost definitely so much time getting from one blogger to another if we’ll pass it internationally. (I’m sorry about this. We only have limited galleys)
Latinx #ownvoices reviewers are highly encouraged to join.
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*A huge thanks to HarperCollins International for the opportunity of hosting The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo blog tour.*