Judith Ortiz Cofer

Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952) retired in 2013 from the University of Georgia, where she was the Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing. She is a prolific writer, known as a poet, a short-story writer, a novelist, an essayist, and an autobiographer. Her works, some intended for a young-adult audience, include the novels The Meaning of Consuelo (2003) and If I Could Fly (2011), the books of poems Terms of Survival (1987) and Reaching for the Mainland (1995), and the bilingual picture book ¡A Bailar! Let's Dance! (2011), to name just a few of her many book-length publications. The following essay comes from her memoir The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry (1993).