Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths by Elizabeth Acevedo (Digital)

Cover Art: Erin K. Robinson
Cover & Interior Design: Alban Fischer
Paperback, 42 pages
Oct 15 2016, ISBN 978-1-936919-45-1

Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths by Elizabeth Acevedo is the first title in our BLUE NOTE EDITION Chapbook Series. A variation of our Vinyl 45s, these titles will not be limited run so enjoy and enjoy and enjoy!


About Elizabeth Acevedo


ELIZABETH ACEVEDO was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. 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 twelve years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2. She has delivered several TED Talks and graced national and internal stages including The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, and South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels, and the National Library of Kosovo. Her poetry videos, many of which have gone viral, have been picked up by PBS, Latina MagazineCosmopolitan, and Upworthy. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Puerto Del SolCallalooPoet LoreThe Notre Dame Review, and others. Acevedo is a Cave Canem Fellow, Cantomundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She is the author of two poetry collections: Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and winner of the of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press, forthcoming), and a novel, The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018).

Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths by Elizabeth Acevedo (Digital)

SKU: 0300012
  • Stranger Tells Me My Body Be a Temple

    and so I show him where

              I have stuck my fingernails

                       beneath this chipping paint


    spat on the stained glass

              used crooked backbone as scaffolding

                        knowing it won’t hold up a broken ceiling.


    I tell him, I’ve glugged down

              the church wine and given sermon.

                        Men flock but they never seem to come


     for their spirits. If it were up to me

              I’d burn this altar nightly

                        and dance alone in the rubble


    pray that shitty pick-up line elsewhere.

              Because if anything this body is the pure

                        holy of instinct


    like closing your eyes

              and guiding an earring

                        into long ago pierced flesh.

  • About Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths

    Finalist, Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest, 2015 

    Honorable Mention, The Eric Hoffer Chapbook Award, 2017


    Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths is a collection of folkloric poems centered on the historical, mythological, gendered and geographic experiences of a first generation American woman. From the border in the Dominican Republic, to the bustling streets of New York City, Acevedo considers how some bodies must walk through the world as beastly beings. How these forgotten myths be both blessing and birthright.

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