What are two facts about Judith Ortiz Cofer?

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Judith Ortiz Cofer, perhaps best known for her popular American History, is quite an interesting personality. Cofer's literary style is quite unique. She loves to blend genres, interweaving poetry and prose, for example. Moreover, she often employs a literary style known as "creative nonfiction"; under this style, authors tell factually accurate narratives designed to entertain, rather than inform, their readers. Here are two other facts about her.

  1. Fans of Cofer used to have the opportunity to learn from her in an academic setting. She served as a creative writing professor at the University of Georgia until her retirement in 2013.
  2. Although she is best known for her works of creative nonfiction, Cofer's writing career began in the poetry genre. She has published several collections of poetry throughout her career, and poetry continues to hold a place close to her heart, for--as she says--it "contains the essence of language."
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