Arlinda Smith

Betsy Erbaugh

Women Studies 200.001

9 September 2003

Cherríe Moraga

            Cherríe Moraga is one of the most influential women in the women’s liberation movement.  She has not only made a difference in the lives of women but in her own personal life as well.  Ms. Moraga who was struggling to have a connection with her family, especially her mother, soon found that link when she came out as a Chicana lesbian.  By making her sexual preference known, she helped herself to knock down her self made barriers and barriers of society.  Her family life also helped contribute to her writing ability, by influencing her.  Her ability to write, not only as a Chicana but also as a lesbian, has given Ms. Moraga a new outlook to her writing and she realizes all of the people that she can relate to.  She is not only reaching out to the Chicana community but to the lesbian community as well.  I believe that one of her strongest features is her unwillingness to give up.  By working to create her own publishing company, she shows that is determined to leave her name in this world and that is exactly what she has done.  Currently Ms. Moraga is an Artist in Residence in the Department of Drama at Stanford University where she also serves a member of the faculty in the Department Spanish and Portuguese.

Born:  September 25, 1952 in Whitier, California to Anglo and Chicana parents


Books, Author

·  Loving in the War Years (Expanded Second Edition).  Cambridge, MA:  South End Press, 2000.

·  Waiting in the Wings:  Portrait of a Queer Motherhood.  (Non-fiction) Ithaca, NY:  Firebrand Press, 1997.

·  Heroes & Saints  and Other Plays.  Albuquerque, NM: West End Press, 1994.

·  The Last Generation (poetry, fiction and non-fiction).  Boston: South End Press, 1993.

·  Giving Up the Ghost (play).  Albuquerque, NM:  West End Press, 1986.

·  Loving in the War Years/Lo Que Nunca Pasó Por Sus Labios (poetry, fiction and non-fiction).  Boston: South End Press, 1983.

Books, Co-editor

Anthologized Writings, A Selected List


“Who Killed Yolanda Saldívar?” 
Staged Reading.  “Lesbian Playwrights’ Festival” at The Magic Theatre, San Francisco.  January 13 and 23, 2000.  Directed by Irma Mayorga.

“The Hungry Woman:  A Mexican Medea,” 
Commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theater.

Watsonville:  Some Place Not Here, Winner of the 1995 Fund for New American Plays Award. 
Commissioned by Brava Theater Center, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

A Circle in the Dirt
Commissioned by The Committee for Black Performing Arts, Stanford University.
World Premiere at Stanford University.  November 29 - December 3, 1995.  Directed by Roberto Gutiérrez Varea. 

Heart of the Earth:  A Popol Vuh Story
Commissioned by INTAR Theater, New York.

Heroes and Saints
Commissioned by the Los Angeles Theater Center.  Winner of the Pen West Drama Award and the Will  Glickman Prize.

Shadow of a Man
Winner of the Fund for New American Plays Award.

Coatlicue's Call/ El llamado de Coatlicue
Premiered at Theater Artaud in San Francisco.  October 25, 1990.   Conceived and performed by Guadalupe García.  Directed by the author. 

Giving Up the Ghost






            Drama Department

Stanford, CA 94305-5010