Introducing the Kicheko Woman: Elizabeth Acevedo

We've received amazing response about the lookbook and along with that we wanted to give you more insight into the women that embody the "Kicheko Woman" for our Issue No. 2 Lookbook. We hope that our real talk with these ladies gives voice, dimension and ardor to do what you do - to live confidently, thoughtfully, and abundantly in whatever role, place, and stage of life you are in this season. Elizabeth (Liz) is our cover woman. Born and bred in New York City, she is a National Slam Champion and coached the 2014 DC Youth Slam Team to a first place finish at the Brave New Voices Teen Poetry Festival. With over 12 years of performance experience and a MFA in Creative Writing, she is a published poet and has performed on renowned stages such as Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Friends, we hope you enjoy meeting Liz. 

Let's start with some fun rapid fire. Bands on your playlist?

Romeo Santos, Elle Varner, Chance the Rapper

What are you reading and loving right now?

Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

What recipe can you not get enough of? 

Coconut shrimp and Arroz con Guandules.

Next place do you want to travel?

Argentina.

Which Kicheko design do you love?

The Hope and Education necklace

Tell us a little about what you do. What do you like about it?

I am a writer not because I like it but because I’ve always been drawn to it; the need to connect with people and to make sense of my life through words.

What is one misconception about yourself that you would like to clear up? 

I’m really goofy! My poetry and talks are usually about really heavy topics, so I think most people think I’m very serious, but I have a really silly side. 

What is your biggest challenge right now?

Juggling the various projects I’m undertaking. Being an artist is great because it allows flexibility in my schedule but it also requires a lot of discipline to create your own schedule and follow through based on nothing else but your own integrity. 

What makes your heart happy? 

My mom. My partner. Performing a poem. Laughing with my students. Reading a romance novel during a thunderstorm. Preparing a good meal. Watching a comedy. 

What is something silly that makes you laugh uncontrollably?

Stephen Curry’s daughter, Riley. She is just the cutest kid.  

What is the best thing you learned last year? 

Not to compare myself to anyone. I’m walking my own path and it needs to be with blinders on.

What is the best thing you have learned so far in 2015? 

To trust myself and my dreams.

In your view, what is one unique advantage of being a woman right now? 

I think I’m starting to see more visible efforts of sisterhood and it’s exciting the way so many social media accounts, new magazines, and blogs are devoted to uplifting other women. 

What is one disadvantage of being a woman right now? 

That we still have so much work do. So many attacks are issued against our bodies both physically and psychologically. 

What injustice breaks your heart?

The ways that black lives are targets by law enforcement and vigilante forces to this day and age. 

What companies or organizations do you love?

Split This Rock - This is a poetry organization dedicated to social justice and they house the DC Youth Slam Team which are some of the fiercest poets in the country. 

The Brotherhood Sister-Sol - A nonprofit in New York City dedicated to providing comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. Bro/Sis offers wrap around evidence-based programming. The organization focuses on issues such as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latino history, and global awareness.

Best advice someone has given you or that you have given someone?

Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today.

Visit her poetry and performance site at: http://www.acevedopoetry.com/