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Denise Chávez: 1948—: Writer Biography

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Denise Chávez: 1948—: Writer.

Inspired by the distinctive culture of the southwestern Borderlands where she was born, writer Denise Elia Chávez has gained critical recognition for her drama and fiction that explores themes of Chicano identity. Chávez writes about waitresses and handymen, hospital workers and bag ladies, and the complex social ties that both constrain and sustain them. As she explained in a Los Angeles Times article, "I know where my heart is and where my strength comes from: the landscape, the mountains, friendship, my cultura."

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