As poet laureate Amanda Gorman recently reminded us of the beauty and power of spoken word, KAIS Book Club is excited to present our second book of the year: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Acevedo is a critically acclaimed slam poet and is the first woman of color to win the British Carnegie Medal literary award. Written in poetic verse, The Poet X follows a young girl in Harlem who discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world.

“Somehow, Acevedo’s powerful free verse manages to stay contained within the book’s covers. The force and intensity behind her words practically pushes them off the page, resulting in a verse novel that is felt as much as it is heard. This is a book from the heart, and for the heart. I wouldn’t be surprised if I put my ear to its cover and found it had a heartbeat all its own.” – New York Times Review

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