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Cherríe Moraga to Speak at SBCC
Cherrie Moraga  

Cherríe Moraga, an internationally recognized poet, playwright, author and activist, will speak at Santa Barbara City College on November 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Garvin Theatre. Moraga will be available for a book signing from 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 

Born in Los Angeles, and raised two blocks from the San Gabriel Mission, Cherríe Moraga began work as a professional writer by co-editing (with Gloria Anzaldúa) the avant-garde feminist anthology, "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color." As a political and literary essayist, she has published several collections of writings, including: "A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness"; "Loving in The War Years: Lo que nunca pasó por sus labios"; "The Last Generation"; and "Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood."

"Cherrie is a tireless advocate for creating and promoting narratives that represent the full multiplicity of the Latino/a experience, including its beauty, its fuerza. I’m excited for our students and the community to witness Cherrie’s courage, passion and brilliance in person." Dr. Clara Oropeza, Professor of English with the Multi-Literacy English Program.

Moraga is the recipient of the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, the American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lambda Foundation’s “Pioneer” award, among other honors. As a playwright, she has received two Fund for New American Plays Awards, the NEA’s Playwrights’ Fellowship, as well as a Drama-logue and Critics Circle Award, and the Pen West Award. She has published three volumes of plays: "Heroes & Saints & Other Plays"; "The Hungry Woman/Heart of the Earth" and "Watsonville/Circle in the Dirt." In 2017, Moraga premiered and directed her newest work, "The Mathematics of Love" at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. 

For over twenty years, Moraga served as an Artist in Residence in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University. There she mentored a full generation of now published writers and professional playwrights who credit Moraga as one of their most influential teachers. In 2017, she began her tenure as a Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Recently, Moraga completed a new literary memoir entitled: "Native County of the Heart" to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Spring 2019.

Moraga was one of the women featured in "Makers: Women Who Make America," a 2013 PBS documentary about the struggle for women's equality in the United States during the last five decades of the 20th century. To view her segment, click here.

This event is sponsored by the SBCC Center for Equity and Social Justice and Multi-literacy English Transfer Program (MET). You can learn more about Cherríe Moraga at

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