Born in Los Angeles, and raised two blocks from the San Gabriel Mission, Cherríe Moraga is an internationally recognized poet, playwright, essayist and memoirist. She began work as professional writer as a co-editor (with Gloria Anzaldúa) of the avant-garde feminist anthology, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which was reissued in 2015 by SUNY Press. As a political and literary essayist, Moraga has published several collections of writings, including: A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness; Loving in The War Years: Lo que nunca pasó por sus labios; The Last Generation; and Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood. She is a recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, the American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lambda Foundation’s “Pioneer” award, among other honors.
As a playwright, she has received two Fund for New American Plays Awards, the NEA’s Playwrights’ Fellowship, as well as a Drama-logue and Critics Circle Award, and the PEN West Award. She has published three volumes of plays: Heroes & Saints & Other Plays; The Hungry Woman/Heart of the Earth and, Watsonville/Circle in the Dirt. In 2017, Moraga premiered and directed her newest work, The Mathematics of Love at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco.
For over twenty years, Moraga served as an Artist in Residence in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University where she mentored a full generation of now published writers and professional playwrights. In 2017, she began her tenure as Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where, with her artistic partner, Celia Herrera Rodríguez, she has instituted Las Maestras: Center for Xicana Indigenous Thought and Art Practice.
Cherríe Moraga is a founding member of La Red Xicana Indígena, an advocacy network of Xicanas working in education, the arts, spiritual practice, and indigenous women’s rights.
Moraga's memoir, Native County of the Heart was published to great acclaim in 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and will be published in paperback in April of 2020 by Picador.
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