Judith Ortiz Cofer is an award-winning author known for her stories about coming-of-age experiences in the barrio and her writings about the cultural conflicts of immigrants. She is the author of many distinguished titles for young adults such as Call Me Maria
, The Meaning of Consuelo, and The Line in the Sand
. She lives in Georgia where she is the Regents' and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.