Elisabet Velasquez - Salt Lake City
Sep 28, 2021, 7:00 pm
When We Make It
Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front Region
1840 S 1300 E
Salt Lake City , UT 84105-3617
Westminster College is excited to feature Nuyorican author Elisabet Velasquez, author of When We Make It.
Malouf 201, Westminster College
An unforgettable young adult debut novel-in-verse that redefines what it means to “make it,” touching on themes of mental illness, sexual assault, food insecurity and gentrification, in the Nuyorican literary tradition of Nicholasa Mohr and the work of contemporary writer Elizabeth Acevedo.
Sarai is a first-generation Puerto Rican eighth grader who can see with clarity the truth, pain, and beauty of the world both inside and outside her Bushwick apartment. Together with her older sister Estrella, she navigates the strain of family traumas and the systemic pressures of toxic masculinity and housing insecurity in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Sarai questions the society around her, her Boricua identity, and the life she lives with determination and an open heart, learning to celebrate herself in a way that she has been denied.
When We Make It is a love letter to girls who were taught to believe they would not make it at all. The verse is evocative and insightful, and readers are sure to be swept into Sarai’s world and rooting for her long after they close the book.
This program was made possible with support from Westminster College and Utah Humanities.