Winner of the Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting
Award January 2021
Sponsored by Open Meadows Foundation

I was selected for the inaugural Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Award. Very honored to be chosen for my play I KISSED CHAVELA VARGAS. Award sponsored by Open Meadows Foundation. Chicana lesbians write plays! Si se puede!

STAND UP STAND OUT: The Making of A Comedy Movement wins BEST DOCUMENTARY @ Santa Fe Film Festival February 2021​

WE WON! The documentary I am featured in: STAND UP STAND OUT: The Making of A Comedy Movement, about the queer comedy crusade that came out of the Valencia Rose Cabaret, the first gay comedy club in the nation, in San Francisco during the 80s, wins BEST DOCUMENTARY at Santa Fe Film Festival. Honored to be part of this important historical LGBTQ film by the brilliant David Pavlosky. 

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March 13, 2021 8:30 PST
SALA Cultura & Dance Party
Celebrating International Women's Month
Presented by Beloved Party Crew

Celebrating International Women's Month and our one year anniversary of the pandemic lockdown. I'm performing on the same bill as as our legendary goddess Dolores Huerta who will give the opening remarks. Poerty by Gloria Alvarez and Antonieta Carpio. Visual art by Crystal Galindo. Live musical performance by Sheila Govindarajan.

Dance party 10P to midnight featuring DJ Glenn Red & DJ Reyes

Your monthly medicina for pandemic isolation: delivered safely from LA to your SALA via Zoom.


​Lakes Writer-in-Residence @ Smith College 2019

I was selected as the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence @ Smith College Spring 2019, sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and the Department of English. I was a badass and taught my fabulous creative writing/performance course Comedy Y Cultura: Your Humorous Life, I was part of the Smith College community, I collaborated with other Chicana/Latina artists and scholars and we empowered all of New England! I wore earmuffs the whole time because it was so damn cold! 


Monica was selected as one of the 41 LGBTQ Latina/o 2014 Role Models by 
 May 2, 2019
I Kissed Chavela Vargas by Monica Palacios

A reading of my play I Kissed Chavela Vargas, May 2, 2019 @ 7PM. FREE! Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke, MA. Reception and Q & A to follow. Directed by Patricia Sandoval-Chair/Professor Communication Media Theater Arts Holyoke Community College. Dramaturgy by Priscilla Page-Dramaturgy Faculty of Theater UMass Amherst. Supported by MassHumanities and Holyoke Community College. Spread the word!

May 1, 2019
Acting Class @ Holyoke Community College

Guest lecturer in the course Acting 1 @ Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA. Speaking about my career, presenting my work and doing a Q & A with students. 

April 17, 2019
Multicultural Theatre Class @ UMass Amherst

Guest artist in the course Multicultural Theatre @ UMass Amherst, MA. Students will interview me about everything. They better not ask me about my priors.  

Nominated as

2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes,


© 2021  by Monica Palacios. 

LGBTQ Appreciation Awards