Meet the Project

This website is designed to present different ways of reading the delightful and intelligent poetry of Judith Ortiz Cofer. The menu on the top allows users to engage in different reading experiences of the texts, zooming in and out to discover meaning in and across the poems. Context offers viewers more information about “And Goya Said,” particularly themes, others poetry involving Goya’s artwork, and critical perspectives on Goya’s work. By clicking on the poems page, viewers can read select poems cleanly presented on their own pages. For more information about the poet and her works, including video footage, please use the menu in the lower right.

Meet the Author

Judith Ortiz Cofer is a Puerto Rican writer who has published more than fifteen books in a variety of genres, from creative nonfiction and poetry to young adult fiction. She is also the Regent’s and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. As a teacher, Judith strives to instill in her students a writer’s work ethic, one that requires regular commitment to projects and putting words on the page. In her work and in the classroom, Judith often touches on what it means to be a writer influenced by two distinct cultures, Puerto Rican and American. This cultural complexity deepens her texts as she blends languages and customs, and makes meaning out of the mixture. She is a hard-working writer, a generous teacher, and a kind person.


Meet the Project Team

Lindsey Harding is a second-year Ph.D. student at The University of Georgia. Her writing and research interests include fiction, digital humanities, and rhetoric and composition. In May 2011, she graduated from Sewanee University’s School of Letters with her M.F.A. in creative writing. Her stories have appeared in The Boiler Journal, Xenith, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Stray Dog Almanac. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband and three small children.


Lacey McEwen is an undergraduate student in her fourth and final year at the University of Georgia. She will graduate in May 2013 with an English major and History minor and hopes to live and work in Atlanta after graduating. This is Lacey’s second semester in a Digital Humanities course.  She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her five roommates and puppy, Murphy.



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