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Judith Ortiz Cofer

Judith Ortiz Cofer is an award-winning author known for her stories about coming-of-age experiences in the barrio and her writings about the cultural conflicts of immigrants. She is the author of many distinguished titles for young adults such as Call Me Maria, The Meaning of Conseulo, Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood, and The Line in the Sun. She lives in Georgia where she is the Regents’ and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.

Fall 1992

Not for Sale

By Judith Ortiz Cofer

El Arabe was what the Puerto Rican women called him. He sold them beautiful things from his exotic homeland in the afternoons, at that hour when the day’s work is […]

Fall 1991

The Lesson of the Tongue

By Judith Ortiz Cofer

                   1966 It is the year of rainstorms in the afternoon, and our neighbor’s son has been sent homefrom the jungle, still wearing camouflage,and wounded in some way we cannot see. […]

Fall 1991

A Legion of Dark Angels

By Judith Ortiz Cofer

                      1959 They came down from the Sierra Maestra, from its dizzying heights, wearingthe green of the forest, shouting prophecy:those dusty dominions, those archangelsin full armor, nearly floating through the ecstatic […]

Fall 1991

An Early Mystery

By Judith Ortiz Cofer

                        1957 Six years old, I’m lingering over the candy counter.On the other side of the bodega my mother is interrogating the grocerabout the freshness of the produce: the breadfruit, the […]

Fall 1988

The Drowned Sailor

By Judith Ortiz Cofer

When I first saw you break through the wine-dark waters, your body blocked the setting sun, an aureole of light transforming you into a god.        The tide rocked you, spread […]