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Cherrie Moraga

Cherrie Moraga

Affiliated Faculty
Bachelor of Arts, Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, English (1974)
Master of Arts, California State University, San Francisco, Literature (Special Major: Feminist Studies) (1980)

Chican@ Drama. Cherríe Moraga is a playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition. She was recently awarded the 2007 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature. She has also received a Theatre Communications Group Theatre Artist Residency Grant in 1996, the NEA’s Theatre Playwrights’ Fellowship in 1993, and two Fund for New American Plays Awards (for Shadow of a Man in 1990 and Watsonville: Some Place Not Here in 1995). A San Francisco Bay Area writer, Moraga has premiered her work at Theatre Artaud, Theatre Rhinoceros, the Eureka Theatre, and Brava Theater Center. Brava’s production of Heroes and Saints in 1992 received numerous awards for best original script, including the Will Glickman Prize, the Drama-logue and Critic Circles Awards and the Pen West Award. Her plays have been presented throughout the Southwest, as well as in Chicago, Seattle, and New York. In 1995, Heart of the Earth, Moraga’s adaptation of the Popol Vuh, the Maya creation myth, opened at the Public Theatre and INTAR Theatre in New York City.Moraga has also published extensively as an essayist and poet. She is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986, and was re-released in a twentieth anniversary edition in 2002. She is the author of Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó Por Sus Labios (1983/2003) and The Last Generation (1993), published by South End Press of Cambridge, MA. In 1997, she published a memoir on motherhood entitled Waiting in the Wings (Ithaca, New York: Firebrand Books). Moraga has also published three volumes of drama through West End Press of Albuquerque, NM. They include: Heroes and Saints and Other Plays (1994), Watsonville/Circle in the Dirt (2002), and The Hungry Woman (2001). Ms. Moraga is presently working on a novel and is completing a new collection of essays entitled A Xicanadyke Codex of Changing Consciousness.