Time & Location
May 5, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Join us on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 8pm, for the virtual book launch of Clap When you Land, featuring a live reading by Elizabeth Acevedo and a Q&A led by Melania-Luisa Marte.
After your purchase of $10 tickets at DominicanWriters.com, you will receive a discount code 10% off for the purchase of Clap When You Land, With the Fire on High, and/or The Poet X on www.wordupbooks.com. You will also receive the Zoom link prior to the event.
This event is organized by Dominican Writers Association and Word Up Community Bookshop, in association with Mami Chula Social Club, and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.
ABOUT CLAP WHEN YOU LAND
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people...In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance—and Papi's secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.
Papi's death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive. In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.
ABOUT ELIZABETH ACEVEDO
Elizabeth Acevedo is a New York Times–bestselling author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High. Her critically-acclaimed debut novel, The Poet X, won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is also the recipient of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award. Additionally, she was honored with the 2019 Pure Belpré Author Award for celebrating, affirming, and portraying Latinx culture and experience.
Her books include, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes 2016), The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018), & With The Fire On High (HarperCollins, 2019).
She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo has been a fellow of Cave Canem, Cantomundo, and a participant in the Callaloo Writer’s Workshops. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, and resides in Washington, DC, with her love.
ABOUT MELANIA-LUISA MARTE
Melania-Luisa Marte is a first generation American writer and performer. She was born in the Bronx and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. Her multi-cultured upbringing inspires her to write about navigating the world as a native Spanish speaker of Black Dominican descent. She has performed in universities and venues across the country.
Her most viral poem “Afro-Latina” was featured by Instagram on their IG TV for National Poetry Month and has garnered over 9 million views. Her work has also been featured in Dallas Morning News, Ain’t I Latina, Curated By Facebook, and People En Español.
Marte ranked 5th at the 2018 Women of The World Poetry Slam Competition, and was just recently a finalist at the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam Competition in San Diego, California. Her debut collection of poetry, MELA, was released last year. She works as a Teaching Artist and Creative Workshop Facilitator. Marte's poetry explores many subjects including her roots and culture, intersectional feminism, and self-love.