Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa is a novelist. She was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, raised in New York City, and now lives in the Bronx, New York. Her first novel, Daughters of the Stone (Thomas Dunne Books, 2009), was shortlisted as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Since its publication, the novel has been listed as required reading in more than 20 colleges and universities. The English and Spanish language editions of her second novel, A Woman of Endurance (Spanish title, Indómita) will be released in March 2022. Her writing is inspired by “the unrecognized stories of the past; filling in the blanks left by official historical documents; giving voice to the story of the ordinary people, especially the black people of Puerto Rico.” About being named a Letras Boricuas Fellow, Figuera says, “First of all, I am honored to receive critical recognition from a Puerto Rican panel of judges. It means I succeeded in representing my culture well. Secondly, it will allow me to do more extensive research on the island, visiting every plantation, every source of information, every scholar who can add to my investigations of the past.”