Judith Ortiz Cofer

1952–2016
Judith Ortiz Cofer

Judith Ortiz Cofer’s childhood was one of constant flux. Born in Puerto Rico, her family split their time between their native island and New Jersey. Although Cofer is currently settled in Georgia and writes verse in English, her themes remain inspired by life in Puerto Rico. Writing about her homeland, she has claimed, enables her to stay connected with her heritage.

Poems

What People are Saying

"Poetry Out Loud has taught me not to give up after one mistake. Or two mistakes. Or a few mistakes. It has taught me not to sell myself short, but also to love every unique perspective I come across. People, like poetry, cannot be read once and immediately
understood."
Addi Garner
2017 WA POL Champion