Judith Ortiz Cofer's Prolific Career

Judit Ortiz Cofer's Silent Dancing is discussed at length in my book--especially in the chapter about storytelling.  Her female relatives used to gather in a shady spot in their house in Puerto Rico and exchange stories of interest to women.  But she has done an awful lot of other work.  She works in practically all genres: poetry, children's books, fiction, nonfiction, essays.

Here is a bit of her biography from Wikipedia:

Ortiz Cofer's work can largely be classified as creative nonfiction. Her narrative self is strongly influenced by oral storytelling, which was inspired by her grandmother, an able storyteller in the tradition of teaching through storytelling among Puerto Rican women. Cofer's autobiographical work often focuses on her attempts at negotiating her life between two cultures, American and Puerto Rican, and how this process informs her sensibilities as a writer. Her work also explores such subjects as racism and sexism in American culture, machismo and female empowerment in Puerto Rican culture, and the challenges diasporic immigrants face in a new culture.[2] Among Cofer's more well known essays are "The Story of My Body" and "The Myth of the Latin Woman," both reprinted in The Latin Deli.

In 1984, Cofer joined the faculty of the University of Georgia, where she is currently Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing. In April 2010, Ortiz Cofer was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.[3]

In 1994, she became the first Hispanic to win the O. Henry Prize for her story “The Latin Deli”. In 1996, Cofer and illustrator Susan Guevara became the first recipients of the Pura Belpre Award for Hispanic children’s literature. [4]

  • Peregrina (1986)
  • Terms of Survival (1987)
  • The Line of the Sun (1989)
  • Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood (1990)
  • The Latin Deli (1993)
  • Reaching for the Mainland and Selected New Poems (1995)
  • An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio (1995)
  • Catch The Moon (1996)
  • The Year of Our Revolution (1998)
  • Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers and the Art of Survival (1999)
  • Woman in Front of the Sun: On Becoming A Writer (2000)
  • The Meaning of Consuelo (2003)
  • Call Me Maria (2004)
  • American History
  • A Love Story Beginning in Spanish: Poems (2005)