WCU to host acclaimed Latina writer for reading, campus discussion

Judith Ortiz Cofer, an acclaimed Latina novelist, poet and essayist, will visit Western Carolina University for a lecture and reading at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

She will lead an open discussion with students from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. in the permanent gallery of WCU’s Fine Art Museum on Wednesday, April 6. Both campus events are free and open to the public.

Judith Ortiz Cofer

Judith Ortiz Cofer

Cofer was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Patterson, New Jersey, and is considered a leading literary voice for depicting the Puerto Rican immigrant experience. An O. Henry Prize winner and Georgia Writers Hall of Fame inductee, she is Emeritus Regents’ and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and received a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts for poetry. She is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, several books of poetry, essays and memoirs, as well as books for children.

These events are sponsored by the University of North Carolina Latino Studies Program, the WCU Office of Undergraduate Studies and the WCU Visiting Scholars Fund. This project is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, contact Melissa Birkhofer, lecturer in WCU’s Department of English, at mdbirkhofer@wcu.edu.