Cleyvis Natera is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic. She is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Neruda on the Park published in 2022 by Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House. Neruda on the Park was awarded a Silver Medal by the International Latino Book Awards for Best First Book of Fiction in 2023. Prior to publication, Natera’s debut was a most anticipated book of the year by TIME, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly and Goodreads, among other publications. Upon publication, Neruda on the Park was a May 2022 New York Times Editor’s Choice. Natera studied 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, Gagosian Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, The Washington Post, The Kenyon Review, Aster(ix) and Kweli Journal, among others. Natera was awarded a 2024 Voices Rising Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. This prestigious award was established by the Voices Rising Fellowship Fund in honor of women writers of color such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Zora Neale Hurston, whose voices have inspired many. Additionally, Natera’s 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. Natera currently teaches creative writing at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City and Antioch University’s Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program in Los Angeles. Natera is scheduled to teach fiction in 2024 at the Kenyon Summer Writing Workshop, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and at Juniper Writers Institute. Natera’s second novel, The Grand Paloma Resort, is forthcoming from her current publisher Ballatine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, for publication in 2025.
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From the inspiration that first sparked the idea for Neruda on the Park to its journey to publication, these interviews will provide insight and inspiration.
PEN America, “PEN Ten with Cleyvis Natera”
Forbes, “‘Neruda On The Park’ Author Cleyvis Natera On What We’ll Do To Protect What We Love”
Refinery29, “Neruda on the Park Gets the Story of Gentrification in Latine Neighborhoods Right — Finally”
Literary Hub, “Lit Hub Asks: 5 Authors, 7 Questions, No Wrong Answers: Cleyvis Natera”
The Rumpus, “Reverse Gentrification of the Imagination: A Conversation with Cleyvis Natera” by Stephanie Jimenez
CrimeReads, “Aya de León and Cleyvis Natera on Gentrification, Justice, and Latinx Fiction”
Bartistanet, “Cleyvis Natera’s Neruda on the Park explores Gentrification, Family Connections and Neighborhood Survival”
Dominican Writers Association, “Cleyvis Natera on ‘Neruda on the Park’ and the deliciousness of being Dominican”
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