Denise Chávez

Fiction Writer

Las Cruces, NM
New Mexico US

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 & Prizes

The King and Queen of Comezón (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014)
A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture (Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2006)
La Ultima de Las Muchachas del Menu (Vintage, 2005)
The Last of the Menu Girls (Vintage, 2004)
Loving Pedro Infante (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001)
Face of An Angel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994)
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: 
Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

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Las Cruces
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Las Cruces, NM
New Mexico
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Last update: Jun 19, 2020