Cleyvis Naterawas born in the Dominican Republic, migrated to the U.S. at ten years old, and grew up in New York City. She holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from New York University. Her writing has won awards and fellowships from PEN America, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Kenyon Review’s Summer Writers Workshops, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches Creative Writing in New York City. She lives with her husband and two young children in Montclair, New Jersey.