Cherríe Moraga, who was born in Whittier, California, earned a BA in English from Immaculate Heart College of Los Angeles in 1974. She taught English in Providence High School in Burbank, California, before she received a master's degree in feminist studies from San Francisco State University in 1980.
Moraga is a writer whose career defies easy categorization or discernible boundaries. As a playwright, poet, and storyteller, she gives voice to her own Chicana lesbian feminist activist history; as an editor and publisher, she gives voice to other people's histories. In 1981 Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua edited the groundbreaking anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color; the collection was published by the Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, a press she help cofound to ensure that women of color would have an outlet for their writing. She served as an editor with the press until 1985. Moraga was coeditor and contributor to Cuentos: Stories by Latinas, an anthology of fiction published in 1983, and Third Woman: The Sexuality of Latinas in 1989. These were followed by two books of poetry and essays: Loving in the War Years in 1983 and The Last Generation in 1993. She also served as editorial consultant and business manager for Conditions Magazine (Brooklyn, New York) from 1982 to 1983.
Morraga's teaching career also reflects the diversity of her writing and editorial works. She has been an instructor of women's studies at the University of Massachusetts and San Francisco State University. As an instructor in literature, she taught at Stanford University and California State University at Hayward. She was an instructor in writing for Chicano studies at the University of California-Berkeley from 1986 to 1991 and an instructor for writing for performance at Stanford University in 1994 and 1995. Since 1991 Moraga has been