Denise Benavides is an Oakland-based queer xicana performance artist, poet, and radical educator sharing her work with urgency. Bred from a single immigrant mother, she uses the stage/page to confront themes of xenophobia, relocation, mental illness, sexuality, religion, and love. Always, love.


Denise writes to document, to archive, and to hold space for what has been lost—most of all, she writes for the women in her family.


Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College. Her work can also be found in Third Woman Press’ zine Gonna Be Alright (Vol. 2), Fat City Review, Ground Protest Poetry, El Tecolote, The Feminist Wire, and Foglifter Journal. For more information on Denise Benavides, please visit:


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