Judith Ortiz Cofer has written numerous books, including "If I Could Fly;" "Call Me Maria;" "A Love Story Beginning in Spanish: Poems;" "The Meaning of Consuelo," selected as one of the winners of the 2003 Americas Award of the National Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs; "An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio," recipient of the American Library Association Reforma Pura Belpre Medal and the Fanfare Best Book of the Year award; "The Year of Our Revolution: New and Selected Stories and Poems," winner of the Paterson Book Prize; and "The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry," winner of the Anisfield Wolf Book Award. Her work has also appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and textbooks.
Cofer has been awarded national fellowships and grants by the Fine Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She has also won the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Prize, along with many other awards and prizes. She is the Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia and in 2010 was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
These events are sponsored by the Dee Hull Everist Visiting Speaker Series, English department, modern languages, cultural and community engagement, and the office of the vice president for academic affairs.