THE FIGUEROA SISTERS
The Figueroa Sisters are four Afro-Puerto Rican women who were, in their very quiet, very private way, role models for me and other women in our family. My mother, Carmen María Figueroa Llanos, and her sisters, Betty Figueroa Llanos, Modesta Figueroa Alomar, and Rosa Amelia Figueroa, were my first storytellers and, unbeknownst to them, started me on my long journey to being a published writer. I can almost hear them cheering as they stand at my back, delighting in the narratives, many based on their own stories, that I now share with my readers. I am equally sure, that they rejoice in knowing that this modest fellowship will help propel another woman in her journey on the road to becoming a storyteller in her own right.
We need to tell our own, authentic stories, in our own authentic voices.
I am asking friends and colleagues in lieu of a birthday or holiday gift, to please donate to one of the following organizations below all donations will be earmarked accordingly.
Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, novelist
Daughters of the Stone (2009, 2019)
A Woman of Endurance (Amistad, 2022)
(clockwise): Carmen María Figueroa Llanos, Betty Figueroa Llanos, Modesta Figueroa Alomar, and Rosa Amelia Figueroa.