I would not be the writer and woman I am today had I not had the Brotherhood/Sister Sol in my life during my formative years. The foundations of my ability to self-interrogate and reclaim and own my Blackness, my agency as woman, my self-regard as a creative person, were forged at Bro/Sis every Friday night sharing poetry, learning to listen, and practicing what it meant to be not only a literary citizen, but a thoughtful servant of my people. Whenever I am told that my writing reads as tender, respectful and loving, particularly towards young people of color, I know it is because I had that same tenderness, respect, and love directed at me within the walls of Bro/Sis.

– Elizabeth Acevedo, Bro/Sis alumna, New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award Winner, and Carnegie Medal winner.

[In addition to being an alumna of Bro/Sis, Elizabeth 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).]