• The Wait (one-act), 1970.
  • Elevators (one-act), 1972.
  • The Flying Tortilla Man (one-act), 1975.
  • The Mask of November (one-act), 1977.
  • Nacimiento (one-act; title means "Birth"), produced in Albuquerque, NM, 1979
  • The Adobe Rabbit (one-act), 1979.
  • Santa Fe Charm (one-act), 1980.
  • Si, hay posada (one-act; title means "Yes, There Is Shelter"), produced in Albuquerque, NM, 1980.
  • El santero de Cordova (one-act; title means "The Woodcarver of Cordova"), produced in Albuquerque, NM, 1981.
  • How Junior Got Throwed in the Joint (one-act), 1981.
  • (With Nita Luna) Hecho en Mexico (one-act; title means "Made in Mexico"), 1982.
  • The Green Madonna (one-act), 1982.
  • La morenita (one-act; title means "The Dark Virgin"), 1983.
  • Francis! (one-act), produced in Las Cruces, NM, 1983.
  • El mas pequeno de mis hijos (one-act; title means "The Smallest of My Children"), produced in Albuquerque, NM, 1983.
  • Plaza (one-act), 1984.
  • Novena narrativas (one-woman show; title means "The Novena Narratives"), produced in Taos, NM, 1986.
  • Plague-Time, 1985.
  • Novena narrativas (one-woman show; title means "The Novena Narratives"), 1986.
  • The Step (one-act), 1987.
  • Language of Vision (one-act), produced in Albuquerque, NM, 1987.
  • Women in the State of Grace (one-woman show), 1989.
  • The Last of the Menu Girls (one-act; adapted from Ch├ívez's short story of the same title), 1990.
  • Author of unproduced plays Mario and the Room Maria, 1974, Rainy Day Waterloo, 1976, The Third Door (trilogy), 1979, Plague-Time, 1985, and Cruz Blanca, Story of a Town.

Other Works

  • Editor, Life is a Two-Way Street (poetry anthology), Rosetta Press, 1980.
  • The Last of the Menu Girls (stories), Arte Publico, 1986.
  • The Woman Who Knew the Language of Animals (juvenile), Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
  • (Selector) Shattering the Myth: Plays by Hispanic Women, edited by Linda Feyder, Arte Publico, 1992.
  • Face of an Angel (novel), Farrar, Straus, 1994.
  • (Author of essays) Writing down the River: Into the Heart of the Grand Canyon, photographed and produced by Kathleen Jo Ryan, foreword by Gretel Ehrlich, Northland (Flagstaff, AZ), 1998.
  • Loving Pedro Infante (novel), Farrar, Straus, 2001.


As early as 1970, Denise Chavez recieved a lot or recognition for her work. She continues to write books and plays that never fail to impress the readers that are loyal to her writings. Her writings have one her numerous grants such as from, the New Mexico Arts Division, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Here is a work sample of Loving Pedro Infante:

"Pedro Knows me. He knows I crave his arms. His touch.His deep voice in my ear, his knowing hand on my trembling body.


The great flames of my dreams billow up to meetthe flickering screen, as a wave of intense light consumesthe sweet, painful and familiar song of my untold longing"


Look for Denise Chavez' work on the bookshelves today!