Denise Chávez

314 South Tornillo Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 523-3988

Author's Bio

I am a performance writer, novelist and teacher who lives and works on the U.S./México border corridor in southern New Mexico. I am the Director/Bookseller at Casa Camino Real, a bookstore and gallery on the historic Camino Real in Las Cruces, New Mexico. We sell books on Abebooks, I believe in the power of writing to heal lives and heal the many borders between people, real and imagined.

Publications and Prizes

A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture
(Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2006)
, Face of An Angel
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994)
, La Ultima de Las Muchachas del Menu
(Vintage, 2005)
, Loving Pedro Infante
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001)
, The King and Queen of Comezón
(University of Oklahoma Press, 2014)
, The Last of the Menu Girls
(Vintage, 2004)
Prizes Won: 
Hispanic Heritage Award The American Book Award Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fellowship Writers of the Pass New Mexico Governor's Award in Literature Honorary Doctorate from the University of NM

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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Fiction Writer
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Las Cruces
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Las Cruces, NM
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Last updated: Mar 23, 2015