Cleyvis Natera is a writer, a mom and a proud global citizen. She is the co-founder of Love As a Kind of Cure and The Toni Morrison Festival. She’s currently hard at work on her first novel, Neruda on the Park. Follow her on Instagram @cleyvisnatera.
Where do you live? Montclair, New Jersey
What’s your day job? Writer and Festival Organizer
Cupcakes or cashmere? Cashmere
✨A Few Questions! ✨
What’s playing on your Spotify right now? Love As a Kind of Cure's Playlist
Describe your perfect Saturday. I’d be up early with my kids (Penelope is five and Julian is seven). I’d go for a run (five miles is my sweet spot). I’d arrange some speakers and thinkers for my ongoing online racial justice festival series. I love to cook Dominican classics, so I’d start making my favorites: stewed oxtails with moro – black beans and rice smothered in coconut milk. By early evening, I’d serve myself a glass of wine (Sauvignon Blanc in the summer, South African Pinotage in the winter), and read a book. Right now, I’m switching between The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and Halsey Street by Naima Coster. I’d end the day working side-by-side with my husband, a director of business intelligence who always has something to do on the computer. I’m currently revising my novel Neruda on the Park, and working on a longform personal essay about how, in my childhood, my family had to deal with both immigration issues and the U.S. criminal justice system. In a hypothetical perfect world, I’d break free from the isolation this pandemic requires, and I’d be writing on a balcony that overlooks the Caribbean Sea.
What are your favorite things to talk about? Books, running, wine, travel, art, dismantling inequality; lately, I also complain about laundry and the absence of fresh produce a lot, to be honest.
How do you wind down after a tough day? These days, I do Zoom meet-ups and cocktail hours with friends.
⚡️ Lightning Round ⚡️
Cat or dog: Dog
Savory or sweet: Savory
Beach or mountains: Beach
Twitter or Instagram: Instagram
Thing you could do for hours and never get sick of: Making my kids laugh
One word friends would use to describe you: Big-hearted
What did you go to school for: I studied English Literature and Psychology as an undergraduate and got my Master’s in Creative writing.
Favorite book of all time: A tie between The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garica Marquez
Favorite show right now: Gente-fied on Netflix