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Denise Benavides

Denise Benavides is an Oakland based Queer Xicana Poet/Bruja and Performer Artist. Bred from a single immigrant mother, Denise shares her work with urgency using the stage/page to confront themes of xenophobia, relocation, sexuality, religion, and love. Always, love. She writes to document, to archive, and to hold space for what has been lost. Most of all, she writes for the women in her life, the ones that look like her. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Mills College and has a collection of poetry titled Riot Girl forthcoming in the fall by Kórima Press.