Judith Ortiz Cofer

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Date of Birth February 24, 1952
Place of Birth Puerto Rico
Age 68 years old
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Judith Ortiz Cofer

Judith Ortiz Cofer was a Puerto Rican American author. Her critically acclaimed and award-winning work spans a range of literary genres including poetry, short stories, autobiography, essays, and young-adult fiction. Ortiz Cofer was the Emeritus Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, where she taught undergraduate and graduate creative writing workshops for 26 years. In 2010, Ortiz Cofer was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, and in 2013, she won the University's 2014 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

Born: Judith Ortiz, Feb 24, 1952, Hormigueros, Puerto Rico
Died: Dec 29, 2016, Louisville, Georgia
Occupation: writer
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Genre: Poetry, short stories, autobiography, essays, young adult novels
Notable works: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood

About Judith Ortiz Cofer

A Puerto Rican short story writer, essayist, young adult novelist, and poet, she is known for such works of creative nonfiction as the 1990 memoir, The Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood. Her other notable works include The Line of the Sun and The Latin Deli.

Before Fame

She frequently traveled between Puerto Rico and New Jersey before moving to Atlanta, Georgia during her high school years. She subsequently graduated from Augusta College with a Bachelor's degree in English.


She received her graduate degree in English from Florida Atlantic University.

Family Life

Her style of writing was based on oral narrative and was largely inspired by her Puerto Rican grandmother's superb storytelling ability.


Her story, The Latin Deli, won the 1994 O. Henry Prize. Cofer was the first Hispanic author to receive this honor.

Information related to Judith Ortiz Cofer

  • "The Myth of the Latin Woman " - The Myth of the Latin Woman is a non-fiction essay written by Puerto Rican author Judith Ortiz Cofer. In the story, Cofer details the racist stereotypes that she has encountered in her life, as well as ones that women of Hispanic and Latin descent have encountered.
  • Puerto Rican literature - Puerto Rican literature evolved from the art of oral story telling to its present-day status. Written works by the native islanders of Puerto Rico were prohibited and repressed by the Spanish colonial government.
  • Augusta State University alumni
  • Puerto Rican novelists
  • Puerto Rican short story writers
  • Puerto Rican women writers
  • Florida Atlantic University alumni
  • Puerto Rican poets
  • Hispanic and Latino American novelists
  • American young adult novelists
  • University of Georgia faculty
  • American women essayists
  • Women autobiographers
  • Women writers of young adult literature
  • American autobiographers
  • 21st-century essayists
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Latest information about Judith Ortiz Cofer updated on September 22, 2020.

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