Essay on Judith Ortiz Cofer, A Cultural Writer And Storyteller

1099 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
People write out of their experiences, to share mainly with people who need to know what it 's like to be different. – Judith Ortiz Cofer

Judith Ortiz Cofer introduces her ideas through the form of storytelling. Within her works she depicts the obstacles that her community and she overcame. Judith Ortiz Cofer, a cultural writer and storyteller, illustrates the stereotypes depicted through gender and race, most notable in her works such as Silent Dancing and The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry with use of Spanish to create the authenticity within her works.
Judith Ortiz Cofer grew up in many homes with a loving family in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico on February 24, 1952 to parents, Jesús Ortiz Lugo and J. M. Ortiz Cofer. Since her father was in the Navy, her family [mother and brother] moved to Paterson, New Jersey. Due to her father 's absence, she received support from Mamá, her grandmother, and her mother. Although her mother could not adjust in New Jersey, they would move back and forth to their extended family. The relocation between New Jersey and Puerto Rico, becomes the focus in her poetry and fiction. Mamá inspired Cofer through the power of storytelling, this was her form of teaching lessons. As Cofer aspired to become a storyteller, she often created scenarios in her head under the mango tree, “on the trunk there was a smooth seat-like projection. It was perfect for a storyteller,” Mamá would gather the family around this…

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