Author Notes

Judith Ortiz Cofer was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Paterson, New Jersey, as a child. The New York Times has deemed her "a writer of authentic gifts, with a genuine and important story to tell." Orchard Books published Cofer's book An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio, which won the Pura Belpre Award and the Americas Award, among many others. Cofer's other books include The Meaning of Consuelo, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood, which was awarded the 1991 PEN/Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction and was named a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age. She is the Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, and lives in Louisville, and Athens, Georgia, with her family
Call Me Maria is part of First Person Fiction, which features authors from a variety of backgrounds writing about the experience of coming to America