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Kleaver Cruz                                                            

is an Uptown, NY native, a writer, dreamer and lover of travel. Cruz is also one half of the poetic duo, The Delta, which has performed at The Nuyorican Poet’s Café, Bowery Poetry Club as well served as judges for the Wordat4F Poetry Slam. His work has been featured in African Voices Magazine, and La Galería Magazine among others. Kleaver recently completed the VONA/Voices of Our Nation Foundation summer writing workshop at the University of Miami. This past spring he presented his paper, "Jimmy and the Children" at The International James Baldwin Conference at the American University of Paris. Cruz is the creator of The Black Joy Project on Instagram, an effort to center Black joy as a form of resistance. Kleaver believes in the power of words because they allow him to write what didn’t exist when he needed it the most. He loves being Black, Queer, Latinx and the myriad of elements that comprise who he is with the understanding that they are all parts of a whole.