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Day of the Dead Special with Denise Chávez

Hosts Daniel Chacón and Tim Z. Hernández speak with novelist, playwright, actor, and teacher, Denise Chávez for this Día de los Muertos special. They discuss the importance of storytelling and its importance in our culture and celebrate those who have passed.

Her work focuses on the border corridor of southern New Mexico, West Texas and Northern México. Chávez’s book, The King and Queen of Comezón, published by the University of Oklahoma Press, which won the 2015 International Latino Book Award in Fiction and the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Fiction Award. Her other books include A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture, Loving Pedro Infante, Face of An Angel, and a short story collection, The Last of the Menu Girls, and a children’s book, La Mujer Que Sabía El Idioma de Los Animales/The Woman Who Knew the Language of the Animals. Chávez has performed her one-woman shows, Novena Narrativas: The Novena Narratives and El Muro/The Wall: A Chorus of Immigrant Women's Voices throughout the U.S.

This interview originally aired on October 30, 2022.