Shey Rivera


Shey Rivera Ríos (pronouns: they/them) is a multi-genre artist active in the mediums of performance, digital media, installation, and poetry/narrative. Rivera is the former Artistic Director of AS220, an arts organization and creative community in Providence, RI. Rivera has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR-Rio Piedras), and graduate studies in Contemporary Media and Culture from the University of the Sacred Heart, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rivera is Director of Inclusive Regional Development at MIT Community Innovators Lab, in the Urban Studies and Planning Dept at MIT. Rivera is also on the board of the Alliance of Artist Communities and the Providence Downtown Design Review Committee.


What will you be presenting about? Puerto Rico, magical realism, pasteles, being diaspora.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Use your intuition.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Pasteles. Or chocolate.

Favorite food: Chocolate. Ice cream. Dragon fruit. Guava.

Recommended reading: My new book Naty & My Chaotic Stench! Also, Sussy Santana's Pelo Bueno, and Seth Tourjee's Sam Says Sam.

Best meals: Too many to name.

Food you'd like to try: Food from or with West African origins. Food from the desert.