Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Official Website of Best Selling Author,

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize 2010 Finalist

Daughters of the Stone

 

PRAISE

for

Daughters of the Stone

"This first novel traces the lives of succeeding generations of Puerto Rican women from the 19th century onward. Though its ambitious historical narrative is reminiscent of the Latin American boom writers, it has a distinct personality of its own. In particular, I enjoyed its feminist perspective as well as the author's tender loving care about language, a quality I find badly wanting in many a book published today." 

I'm a testimonial. Click to edit me and add text that says something nice about you and your services. Let your customers review you and tell their friends how great you are.

OSCAR HIJUELOS, Pulitzer Prize

winning author of  THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS

OF LOVE 

MANDY FERNANDEZ, SEATTLE DAILY

GEMMA NASHVILLE, BOOKS IN REVIEW

 

PRAISE

for

Daughters of the Stone

This first novel traces the lives of succeeding generations of Puerto Rican women from the

19th century onward.

Though its ambitious

 historical narrative is reminiscent of the Latin American boom writers, it has a distinct personality of its own. In particular, I enjoyed its feminist perspective as well as the author's tender loving care about language, a quality I find badly wanting in many a book published today.

OSCAR HIJUELOS,

Pulitzer Prize winning author of 

THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE 

Rejoice!

Here is a novel

you have never read

before: the story

of a long line of extraordinary 

Afro-Puerto Rican 

women silenced

by history. In

Daughters of the Stone, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa rescues them from oblivion and richly, compellingly,

magically introduces

them to literature— and

to the world.

¡Bienvenidas! 

CRISTINA GARCIA, Author of

DREAMING IN CUBAN and HERE IN BERLIN

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa's Daughters of the Stone sings as few novels can. It also tells us of a culture and nation that is under-represented in our literature: Puerto Rico. And it does so with brilliant flourishes, in a narrative both gripping and intimate. Conveying a wide sweep of history, as witnessed by several generations of women, the book has the warmth of an autobiography while sustaining a firm and stately control of 

technique and language.

PEN LITERARY AWARDS,

2010 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize Finalist

ARTIST STATEMENT

Photograph by Orlando Gonzalez

Biography

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. She attended the New York City public school system and received her academic degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Queens College-City University of New York. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling that came naturally to the women in her family, especially the older women. Much of her work is based on her experiences during this time. Dahlma taught creative writing and language and literature in the New York City public school system before becoming a young-adult librarian. She has also taught creative writing to teenagers, adults, and senior citizens throughout New York while honing her own skills as a fiction writer and memoirist. 

 

The 2009 hardcover edition of Daughters of the Stone was listed as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.  Her short stories appear in the following anthologies: Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980 - 2012 / Abriendo Caminos: antologia de escritoras puertorriquenas en Nueva York 1980 - 2012, 

Bronx Memoir Project, Latina Authors and Their Muses, Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, and Growing Up Girl. Dahlma’s work also appears in various literary magazines such as the Afro-Hispanic Review and Kweli Journal. Since her retirement, Dahlma continues to dedicate herself to her writing, speaking engagements, and workshops. She resides in the Bronx with her husband, photographer Jonathan Lessuck.

Why I Write...
 

I was born into a world of stories full of color and warmth and tragedy and magic and humor. I was born into a world of music and intuitive knowing and overpowering scents. But when I went to school, I was told that reason and logic were the only acceptable ways of knowing. Emotions clouded reality. Definitions had to be exact, measurable, black and white, no in-betweens. Keep it simple, I was told.

But I was not simple. I was a black, Puerto Rican female in a world that insisted that I be one or the other and valued none of those parts of me. After years of trying to fit my round self into a square world, I gave up. Those rules made no sense to me. And so I began to write my world, my way.


I write first and foremost because the stories I grew up reading in school bore no resemblance to the world of my family and my community. Those stories did not tell about the way the sun fell on my grandmother’s hands as she handed me my fresh bread and butter breakfast every morning or the smell on my abuelo’s skin when he came home from the cane fields. Nowhere did I see my family’s many shades of brown complexions or the sound of my mother’s voice when she called me mamita. I write because those images of my life will not allow me to be silent. I write because somewhere down the road, I’d like a little black Puerto Rican girl just like me to find herself in the world of American letters. And that little girl? She’s already waiting.

 

~ Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
 

 
Upcoming Events
Zoom Book Club discussion
online
Latinx Book & Chisme Club Book Club
Latinx Book & Chisme Club
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Photograph by Orlando Gonzalez

Biography

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. She attended the New York City public school system and received her academic degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Queens College-City University of New York. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling that came naturally to the women in her family, especially the older women. Much of her work is based on her experiences during this time. Dahlma taught creative writing and language and literature in the New York City public school system before becoming a young-adult librarian. She has also taught creative writing to teenagers, adults, and senior citizens throughout New York while honing her own skills as a fiction writer and memoirist. 

 

The 2009 hardcover edition of Daughters of the Stone was listed as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.  Her short stories appear in the following anthologies: Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980 - 2012 / Abriendo Caminos: antologia de escritoras puertorriquenas en Nueva York 1980 - 2012, 

Bronx Memoir Project, Latina Authors and Their Muses, Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, and Growing Up Girl. Dahlma’s work also appears in various literary magazines such as the Afro-Hispanic Review and Kweli Journal. Since her retirement, Dahlma continues to dedicate herself to her writing, speaking engagements, and workshops. She resides in the Bronx with her husband, photographer Jonathan Lessuck.

Why I Write...
 

I was born into a world of stories full of color and warmth and tragedy and magic and humor. I was born into a world of music and intuitive knowing and overpowering scents. But when I went to school, I was told that reason and logic were the only acceptable ways of knowing. Emotions clouded reality. Definitions had to be exact, measurable, black and white, no in-betweens. Keep it simple, I was told.

But I was not simple. I was a black, Puerto Rican female in a world that insisted that I be one or the other and valued none of those parts of me. After years of trying to fit my round self into a square world, I gave up. Those rules made no sense to me. And so I began to write my world, my way.


I write first and foremost because the stories I grew up reading in school bore no resemblance to the world of my family and my community. Those stories did not tell about the way the sun fell on my grandmother’s hands as she handed me my fresh bread and butter breakfast every morning or the smell on my abuelo’s skin when he came home from the cane fields. Nowhere did I see my family’s many shades of brown complexions or the sound of my mother’s voice when she called me mamita. I write because those images of my life will not allow me to be silent. I write because somewhere down the road, I’d like a little black Puerto Rican girl just like me to find herself in the world of American letters. And that little girl? She’s already waiting.

 

~ Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Photograph by Orlando Gonzalez

Biography

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. She attended the New York City public school system and received her academic degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Queens College-City University of New York. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling that came naturally to the women in her family, especially the older women. Much of her work is based on her experiences during this time. Dahlma taught creative writing and language and literature in the New York City public school system before becoming a young-adult librarian. She has also taught creative writing to teenagers, adults, and senior citizens throughout New York while honing her own skills as a fiction writer and memoirist. 

 

The 2009 hardcover edition of Daughters of the Stone was listed as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.  In February, 2019 Dahlma self-published the trade paperback edition of Daughters of the Stone which is being distributed by IngramSpark. Her short stories appear in the following anthologies: Bronx Memoir Project, Latina Authors and Their Muses, Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980 - 2012, and Growing Up Girl. Dahlma's

work also appears in various literary magazines such as the Afro-Hispanic Review and Kweli Journal. Dahlma's Literary Agent, Marie Dutton Brown, is currently seeking a home for Dahlma's second novel, A Woman of Endurance.  Since her retirement, Dahlma continues to dedicate herself to her writing, speaking engagements, and workshops. She resides in the Bronx with her husband, photographer Jonathan Lessuck. 

Why I Write...
 

I was born into a world of stories full of color and warmth and tragedy and magic and humor. I was born into a world of music and intuitive knowing and overpowering scents. But when I went to school, I was told that reason and logic were the only acceptable ways of knowing. Emotions clouded reality. Definitions had to be exact, measurable, black and white, no in-betweens. Keep it simple, I was told.

But I was not simple. I was a black, Puerto Rican female in a world that insisted that I be one or the other and valued none of those parts of me. After years of trying to fit my round self into a square world, I gave up. Those rules made no sense to me. And so I began to write my world, my way.


I write first and foremost because the stories I grew up reading in school bore no resemblance to the world of my family and my community. Those stories did not tell about the way the sun fell on my grandmother’s hands as she handed me my fresh bread and butter breakfast every morning or the smell on my abuelo’s skin when he came home from the cane fields. Nowhere did I see my family’s many shades of brown complexions or the sound of my mother’s voice when she called me mamita. I write because those images of my life will not allow me to be silent. I write because somewhere down the road, I’d like a little black Puerto Rican girl just like me to find herself in the world of American letters. And that little girl? She’s already waiting.

 

~ Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
 

Awards

2017    Hedgebrook at Widbley Island—Residency

2013    Vermont College of Fine Arts—Partial Fellowship

2012    Las Dos Brujas Workshop—Partial Fellowship

2010    Go on Girl Best New Author of the Year Award

2010    Go on Girl Best Female Author of the Year Award

2010    PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fellowship, Finalist

2010    Summer Literary Series, Montreal, Canada, Partial Fellowship

2007    Summer Literary Series, St. Petersburg, Russia, Partial Fellowship

2006-7 Bronx Council on the Arts Fellows for Fiction    

2002   BRIO Award for Creative Non-fiction, Bronx Council on the Arts

1997   BRIO Award for Fiction, Bronx Council on the Arts

1997   Long Distance Runner Award, John Oliver Killens Writer’s Workshop

1995   ACE Award for Fiction, Bronx Council on the Arts

2019   Hedgebrook Masterclass at Tuscany

2018   Yucatan Writers’ Workshop, Cozumel, Mexico

2017   Yucatan Writers’ Workshop, Cozumel, Mexico

2017   Las Dos Brujas Writing Workshop, Albiqui, NM,

2017   The Writers’ Hotel Writing Conference, NYC

2016   Yucatan Writers’ Workshop, Merida, Mexico

2016   Vermont College of Fine Arts Novel Retreat, Montpelier, VT

2015   St. Augustine Writers’ Workshop, St. Augustine, FL

2015   Summer Literary Series, St. Petersburg, Russia

2014   Vermont College of Fine Arts—Novel Retreat

2014   St. Augustine Writers’ Workshop, St. Augustine, FL

2013   New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Saratoga Springs, NY

2008   Centro Pikkoli Writing Workshop, Vitorchiano, Tuscia, Italy

2002   Writers of the Americas, Havana and Matanzas, Cuba

1995   Byrdcliff, The Woodstock Writers’ Retreat, Woodstock, NY

1995   Caribbean Writers’ Conference, University of Florida, Coral Gables, FL

Workshops, Conferences, and Retreats

CONTACT

For Media and Publicity Requests, Lectures and

Speaking Appearances, and Literary Rights Queries:

 llanosfigueroapublicity@gmail.com

Publishers should contact: Marie Dutton Brown, Literary Agent

<meta name="p:domain_verify" content="e4775ec17bc51e3ff59643f9530f8a66"/>

 
©2020 Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa.    
Site managed by Artea Creative.
  • Black Instagram Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Vimeo
  • Black LinkedIn Icon
  • Black Pinterest Icon
  • Goodreads