Cofer to headline Calhoun’s Writers’ ConferencePublished 3:26pm Thursday, April 4, 2013
By Aldo Amato
HUNTSVILLE — Calhoun Community College will hold its 12th Annual Writers’ Conference on April 11 at the Aerospace Training Center on the Decatur campus. The event free, open to the public and will be standing room only. There will be a second Calhoun-sponsored event at the Princess theater in Decatur.
The featured writer for this year’s event is Judith Ortiz Cofer. Cofer, native of Hormigueros, Puerto Rico currently serves as a Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. She is the first Hispanic to win the O. Henry Prize in 1994. She is also the recipient of the American Library Association’s Pura Belpre’ prize in Young Adult Literature.
Cofer’s works often are about struggles in the United States such as racism, sexism and the hardships of new immigrants.
Her stories include “A Love Story Beginning in Spanish,” “Call Me Maria,” “The Meaning of Consuelo” and “Woman in Front of the Sun: On Becoming a Writer.”