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Cherrie Moraga

Playwright, memoirist, poet, and essayist, Cherrie Moraga was born, raised, and educated in Southern California. Coming out as a lesbian in the 1970s, she moved to San Francisco in 1977 and received a master’s degree in writing from San Francisco State. With Gloria Anzaldua, she put together an anthology, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981) and published it with Kitchen Table Press, an independent publisher focusing on the work of women of color that Moraga helped found. Bridge quickly became an iconic feminist text, especially known for its groundbreaking exploration of the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, and ethnicity. Moraga’s books include the autobiographical Loving in the War Years (1983) and Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood (1997). She has described herself as a “worker writer” who has “used my body, my sex, my love and relations to get the reader to pay attention.” Moraga has won fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and for many years has been Artist in Residence at Stanford University.