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Judith Ortiz Cofer

The Latin Deli

The University of Georgia Press

1994 Fiction

The Latin Deli
Poet and novelist Ortiz Cofer offers her readers an affecting view of Puerto Rican New York in this autobiographical assortment of essays and poems. Her stories celebrate, mourn, and honor Latinas, collectively and individually, and also consider the influential men in her own life: the author’s beloved, unknowable, philandering father; the first boy she loved; her heartbreakingly deteriorating grandfather.

The alternating sections of evocative prose and narrative poetry first construct a vision of life in the busy apartments of El Building and the shops of its neighborhood, then comment directly on self, heritage, culture clash, racism, and sexism. A strong, moving set of daughter-poems finishes this slim but substantial volume.

Judith Ortiz Cofer is the Regents’ and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. She is the author of many books including a novel The Line of the Sun (Georgia), a young adult novel The Meaning of Consuelo, and a collection of poetry A Love Story Beginning in Spanish (Georgia).

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Waking Up At 5 A.M. Every Day To Become A Writer

Judith Ortiz Cofer, 1994 winner for fiction, shares her advice on becoming a writer in this quick clip. She stresses the importance of taking your craft seriously and making room for your goals in your life:  "You have to imagine yourself as an artist before you can become an artist. And the way that I did it, was getting up at 5 in the morning and writing for two hours before everyone else woke up. You have to allocate a place and time to become an artist. Just like if you want to be the best basketball player who ever existed. You can't... Read More →
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer

    Judith Ortiz Cofer

    Born: 1952

    Other Works

    • Latin Woman Pray (1980)
    • Terms of Survival (1987)
    • Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood (1990)
    • An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio (1995)
    • The Meaning of Consuelo (2003)

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