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WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH, Elizabeth Acevedo with Clint Smith and Carolyn Felton

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
The Miracle Theatre
535 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

With The Fire On High book cover and photo of author Elizabeth Acevedo


East City Bookshop presents National Book Award-winning author of THE POET X, Elizabeth Acevedo, to celebrate the publication of her second novel, WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH. Acevedo will be in conversation with poet and teacher Clint Smith and poet Carolyn Felton. Felton will also perform her poetry.  

The book talk will begin at 7 PM, and doors will open at 6:30 PM. A Q&A and book signing will follow the conversation.

East City Bookshop works hard to expand access to diverse literary events for students in the DC area. If you are able, we encourage you to donate a copy of WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH to be distributed to students attending the talk. Donations may be made as part your order on the East City Bookshop website using the code ACEVEDO to receive 10% off. 


From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

Elizabeth AcevedoElizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC. You can find out more about her at

Carolyn "CiCi" FeltonCarolyn "CiCi" Felton is a writer, activist, and international poet from PG County Maryland. She is an alumna of the award-winning DC Youth Slam Team and traveled to South Africa as a part of a Sister Cities International Arts Program to perform and teach poetry. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Morgan State University and is the president of the university’s poetry club MSU Poets. Her ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between poetry and social work in order to not only touch lives but save lives in the unique but necessary form of art therapy. She has published two books “Daddy’s Little Girl: Gone in 3 Minutes” and “Secrets of the Midnight Hour” which consist of her own original poems that speak to adversity and perseverance, mental health, awareness, and societal problems. She has featured as a guest speaker at the Teach for America 25th Anniversary Summit, a performance artist at TEDx Foggy Bottom, the Student Leadership Summit sponsored by EF Tours in Europe, the Kennedy Center, the National Convention Center, the 7th Annual Generation Hope Gala, George Washington University, Howard University, and many more.

Clint SmithClint Smith is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate at Harvard University. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, the Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere. His first full-length collection of poetry, Counting Descent, was published in 2016. It won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. His debut nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed, is forthcoming from Little, Brown.

With the Fire on High Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062662835
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTeen - May 7th, 2019