Denise Chávez


Born
in Las Cruces, New Mexico, The United States
August 15, 1948


Denise Elia Chavez (born August 15, 1948) is an American author, playwright, and stage director. She was born to an Hispano family in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States, and graduated from Madonna High School in Mesilla. She received her Bachelor's from New Mexico State University and Master's degrees in Dramatic Arts from Trinity University. While in college, she began writing dramatic works. Upon graduation, she worked at the Dallas Theater Center while continuing her studies in drama and writing. She then entered the MFA program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and earned a degree in writing. In 1986, she published her first collection of short stories, called The Last of the Menu Girls. She received several awards, including the ...more

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Loving Pedro Infante

3.76 avg rating — 487 ratings — published 2001 — 7 editions
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Face of an Angel

4.04 avg rating — 282 ratings — published 1994 — 5 editions
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The Last of the Menu Girls

3.27 avg rating — 198 ratings — published 1986 — 9 editions
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A Taco Testimony: Meditatio...

3.59 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 2006
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The King and Queen of Comezón

3.36 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Shattering the Myth: Plays ...

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Lost In Love: Roman

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“Remember the past, but don't get lost back there. Celebrate the blessings of the past in the present, but remember to live today. Today is built on the past and tomorrow is evolving from both the past and the present. The future? Quien sabe? Hopefully, there will always be tacos”
Denise Chávez, A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture

“Only farmers and the young, who live dependent upon change, understand what it is to know the continual flowering of life, however subtle.”
Denise Chávez, The Last of the Menu Girls

“He was a man who knew he'd come in after a long day and had found his shade (Irma)”
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