Cofer confronts cultural legacy and a woman’s desire “to be released from rituals” in her poetic dialectic of survival. Cultural icons, customs and rites of passage take root in an imagery that is tropical and piercing.
“Terms of Survival takes readers on an imagistic safari through the lush jungle of life…a slim volume that is sure to grab the reader’s interest from the first page to the last.”–The Athens Observer
JUDITH ORTIZ COFER, r a poet, novelist and essayist, is the author of numerous award winning books, including An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio (Orchid Books 1995, Penguin, 1997), recipient of the 1995 Pura Belpré Award, The ALA Best Books for Young Adults and The Jotn Book/Fanfare Best Book of the Year List. Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood (Arte Público Press 1991) received a PEN citation, the Martha Albrand Award for non-fiction, and a Pushart Prize for the essay “More Room.” She is the recipient of the 1999 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People for the book The Year of Our Revolution. Most recently, she has published a bilingual book for children, ¡A bailar! / Let’s Dance! (Piñata Books, 2011); Animal Jamboree: Latino Folktales /La fiesta de los animals: leyendas latinas (Piñata Books, 2012), a bilingual collection of Puerto Rican folktales for middle readers and The Poet Upstairs(Piñata Books, 2012) an inspiring picture book that demonstrates how poetry can change the world. She lives in Athens, Georgia, where she is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.