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Judith Ortiz Cofer is a poet, novelist and essayist whose work has appeared in "The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review" and other journals, as well as textbooks and anthologies. She is the author of several novels for young adults, including "The Meaning of Consuelo" and "Call Me Maria" (2005 Scholastic, 2006). Her most recent collection of poetry is "A Love Story Beginning in Spanish: Poems" (University of Georgia Press, 2005). She is the recipient of several awards, including the PEN/Martha Albrand Special Citation in nonfiction, the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, the first Pura Belpré Medal (1996) and the Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature (2003). She lives in Athens, Georgia, where she is the Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.