Fiction. Poetry. Latinx Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. NATY AND MY CHAOTIC STENCH is a magical realism, coming of age story of a young brujx (witch) living in the mountains of Puerto Rico. Ali is a queer teenager growing up in rural Puerto Rico, going to punk shows with her friends. She is haunted by a bad smell that doesn't seem to go away. Naty is Ali's madrina, a bruja, about to be crowned as santera. Naty tries to help Ali by taking her to various healers and witches, doing readings, and preparing despojos (baths) to break spells. But nothing seems to work. That is, until Ali recognizes who she truly is. This magical realism story echoes from the mountains in Puerto Rico.
Shey Rivera Ríos (pronouns: they/them) is a multi- genre artist and arts manager. They are active in the mediums of performance, installation, digital media, and poetry/narrative. The creations span several genres and a myriad of topics, from home to capitalism to queerness to magic. Rivera is also a performance curator and producer of interventions that activate people creatively. Participation in national organizations include: member and alumni of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Artist Communities, fellow of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) 2017-2018, and Brown University Public Humanities Community Fellow 2017-2019. Rivera has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, and graduate studies in Contemporary Media and Culture from the University of the Sacred Heart, San Juan, Puerto Rico.Author City: PROVIDENCE, RI USA