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Judith Ortiz Cofer

Spotlight on the work of Judith Ortiz Cofer

Judith Ortiz Cofer

Image of Judith Ortiz Cofer from UGA Today article, Closing the Book, 2014Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952-2016) was a critically acclaimed writer, who wrote in multiple genres including, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction essays. She often focused on the experience of being a Puerto Rican woman in the U.S. She had strong ties to New Jersey and Georgia, and specifically to the University of Georgia where she was Emeritus Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing.

This guide will give you biographical context, access points to her works, as well as resources to critically examine her works. Her work can be viewed as interdisciplinary, and  examined in contexts of Latina identity, feminism, immigrant life, and evolving language and culture. See the Literary criticism section for guidance.









This guide was developed to coincide with an exhibit in the Miller Learning Center, October 15 through the end of 2022.