We’re pleased to announce our first cohort of Alumni-in-Residence poets and prose writers. Alumni-in-Residence are published authors and, of course, valued alumni of the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. We have invited them back to re-experience the wild invention of Juniper and share their work and writing life with the current generation of Juniper participants.

Alumni-in-Residence will offer manuscript consultations, lead a morning Write-in session, and give a reading from their recently published book. You may also see them popping into craft sessions or attending readings and Q&As! Please say hello and ask them how Juniper has shaped their writer’s life.

Cynthia Arrieu-King is a professor of creative writing at Stockton University and a former Kundiman fellow. Her poetry books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus Books 2010), Manifest, winner of the Gatewood Prize chosen by Harryette Mullen (Switchback Books 2013), Futureless Languages (Radiator Press 2018) and its sequel Continuity (Octopus Books 2021). Her experimental prose memoir The Betweens (Noemi 2021) examines the difference between how we see others and how and who they really are. She’s working on a collection of short stories and a novel on caregiving and post-apocalyptic utopias. Her website is

The writer Cleyvis Natera (Dominican Republic/USA), New York, New York, December 1, 2021. Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

Cleyvis Natera is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Neruda on the Park. She 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, 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. 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 teaches Creative Writing in New York City at the undergraduate level at Barnard College of Columbia University and at the graduate level at the M.F.A. Programs at Antioch University, St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn and The City College of New York. She lives with her husband and two young children in Montclair, NJ.