Winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, The Poet X follows Xiomara Batista in this coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the Harlem slam poetry scene.

A first-generation Dominican American, Xiomara is growing up in a very Catholic immigrant home that has left her feeling ill-equipped to deal with her current life experiences.

How Live Book Club Classes Work

Participation in the live book club includes access to a set of resources and activities as well as interactive components.

Participants receive

  • A suggested reading schedule
  • PDF reading guides with comprehension questions
  • Vocabulary/reading activities
  • Discussion board posts in our online classroom
  • Writing/multimodal project prompts related to the reading
  • An invitation to a live discussion
  • A recording of the summary of the live discussion
  • An optional feedback add-on for the final paper/project
  • Rubrics for at-home feedback

Families are welcome to use as much or as little of the suggested resources and activities as they'd like to fit their interest and schedules.



Content Note:

This book contains discussion of religion (especially questioning its power), parental abuse, physical intimacy (kissing and making out), and sexuality.


February 1-28, 2023

Live Meeting:

Monday, February 27 from 1-2pm Eastern

Those who cannot attend the live session will receive a recorded summary.


A copy of the book The Poet X (ISBN: 9780062662811). Borrowed, used, and audio formats will work.

  • Zoom account for live session
  • Microphone and camera for live session
  • PDF reader
  • Access to printer recommended

Select a pricing plan and sign up