Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. A product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling that came naturally to the women, especially the older women, in her family. Much of her work is based on her experiences during this time. Dahlma taught creative writing, language and literature in the NYC school system before becoming a young-adult librarian. Her first novel, Daughters of the Stone was listed as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize; in 2019, she self-published the paperback edition. Her short stories appear in anthologies and literary magazines such as Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012, Growing Up Girl, Afro-Hispanic Review, Pleaides, Latino Book Review, Label Me Latina/o, and Kweli Journal.

Home Location
The Bronx