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Kleaver Cruz – Meet & Greet Open Studio and Reception
January 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Photo by Stefen Pompée
Join us in welcoming Kleaver Cruz as the inaugural literary resident artist to ALMA | LEWIS! Meet Kleaver, hear them talk about their creative practice, the making of The Black Joy Project, and their residency plans.
FREE with registration
About Kleaver Cruz
A lover of words and their meanings across languages, Kleaver Cruz (they/them) was born and raised between The Bronx and Washington Heights in Uptown, NYC with their twin brother and close knit Dominican family. Kleaver is a Black queer creative, writer and educator who has presented and conducted work across the African Diaspora and continent in places like Brazil, South Africa and The Netherlands, among other countries.
Kleaver is the creator of The Black Joy Project, a digital and real-world affirmation that Black joy is resistance. Kleaver is also a member of We Are All Dominican–A U.S.-based grassroots collective that works in solidarity with movements led by Dominicans of Haitian descent fighting for inclusion and citizenship rights in the Dominican Republic. Kleaver believes in the power of words to write the stories that did not exist when they needed them the most.
They are the author of The Black Joy Project (Mariner Books/Harper Collins), which was published in December 2023.
More information about Kleaver here.