Judith Ortiz Cofer

b. 1952
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.


What People are Saying

"I actually enjoy poetry! When I started participating in the Poetry Out Loud competition in the 9th grade I hated poetry, but as I continued to participate over the years I grew a love and appreciation for the art form, and poetry is now a part of my identity."
Irvin Mason, Jr.
2016 USVI POL Champion