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Cleyvis Natera

AL Major

Cleyvis Natera is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Neruda on the Park. She studied psychology, literature and creative writing at Skidmore College and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from New York University. Her fiction, essays and criticisms have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, URSA Story, TIME, Alien Nation: 36 True Tales of Immigration, Gagosian Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, The Washington Post, Memorious, The Kenyon Review, Aster(ix) and Kweli Journal, among other publications. Cleyvis teaches creative writing at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City and at the Low-Residency M.F.A. Program at Antioch University in Los Angeles, CA. Her writing has been supported through awards, fellowships and artist residencies by PEN America, Rowland Writers Retreat, Hermitage Artist Retreat, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Disquiet International Literary Program, Voices of our Nation Arts Foundation and Juniper Summer Writing Institute. She lives with her husband and two young children in Montclair, NJ.