Cherríe L. Moraga is one of the most influential figures in Chicana/o, feminist, queer, and indigenous activism and scholarship. She is a playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition, including a TCG Theatre Artist Residency Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for playwriting, and two Fund for New American Plays Awards. In 2007, she was awarded the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature.
She is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986. She is the author of the now classic Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó Por Sus Labios (1983/2003), The Last Generation (1993), and Waiting in the Wings (1997).
Her latest book is A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000–2010 (Duke University Press) that features essays and poems that combine moving personal stories with trenchant political and cultural critique.
Moraga has also published three volumes of drama through West End Press of Albuquerque, NM. They include Heroes and Saints and Other Plays (1994), Watsonville/Circle in the Dirt (2002), and The Hungry Woman (2001). Her plays have been presented throughout the Southwest, as well as in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and New York. In 1995, "Heart of the Earth," Moraga's adaptation of the Popol Vuh, the Maya creation myth, opened at the Public Theatre and INTAR Theatre in New York City.
For over ten years, she has served as an Artist in Residence in the Department of Drama at Stanford University and currently also shares a joint appointment with Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.