Elizabeth Acevedo began to love literature with Dominican fables

Repeating Islands

eliz.jpg[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] The full title of the article is “Elizabeth Acevedo, winner of the Carnegie Medal, began to love literature with Dominican fables.” Carolina Pichardo (Listin Diario) interviews Elizabeth Acevedo, author of the award-winning The Poet X.

Elizabeth Acevedo was born in New York, but she is well aware that her roots are Dominican—so much so that she did not grow up with the usual fairy tales as a typical girl in the United States. During her childhood, she was more inclined towards those stories from the Dominican culture that her mother used to tell her.

Legends like the ones on the ciguapa, or anecdotes from her mother’s country upbringing, were always present in her early years during which she was inheriting the wisdom of her mother’s storytelling. “I grew up with my mom’s stories. When…

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