Denise Chavez is a novelist, playwright, actress, director, and teacher. A native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Ms. Chavez still lives in the house where she was raised. A recipient of the 1995 Governor’s Award in Literature, her books include Face of an Angel and The Last of the Menu Girls. During her residency, Ms. Chavez worked on a novel entitled The King and Queen of Comezon that addresses the complex issues of the Mexican-American border. Ms. Chavez founded and directs the annual Border Book Festival. Read more here.