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Cherríe Moraga

Writer & Playwright

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Writer and playwright Cherríe Moraga on growing up in Chicano Catholic culture, freeing herself of self-homophobic fear, and where that new freedom was able to take her as a gay Chicana artist.

Cherríe's Biography

Born and Raised:San Gabriel, Southern California
First Paying Job:Cleaning apartments at 8 years old.
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Being A Mom Changed Everything:"It changed me in the capacity that you really have to think of others." 

Cherríe Moraga is a playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition for her unique and personal perspective as a Chicana/Anglo and lesbian. As co-editor of the 1981 feminist anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which garnered attention for women of color within the feminist movement and was also winner of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 1986.
 
Moraga's work has been recognized with various awards and grants like the TCG Theatre Artist Residency Grant in 1996, the NEA's Theatre Playwrights' Fellowship in 1993, and two Fund for New American Plays Awards. In 2007, she was awarded the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature; in 2008, a Creative Work Fund Award, and in 2009, a Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation Grant for Playwriting.
 
Moraga has served as an Artist in Residence in the Department of Drama at Stanford University and currently also shares a joint appointment with Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity.

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