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Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

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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 ...more

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Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa I don’t believe in pushing it. Sometimes the story isn’t ready to be told. I meditate regularly and in my meditations I have learned to sit in silence…moreI don’t believe in pushing it. Sometimes the story isn’t ready to be told. I meditate regularly and in my meditations I have learned to sit in silence and wait. My characters and their lives will reveal themselves to me in time. I just have to get out of the way and let them breathe. Of course, I don’t write on deadlines. That’s a different kind of writing. I mine my psyche, let it lead the way. It has never failed me.(less)
Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa I've said this before and will say it again: Read. Read. Read. Read everything. Figure out what works for you and what doesn’t and then figure out how…moreI've said this before and will say it again: Read. Read. Read. Read everything. Figure out what works for you and what doesn’t and then figure out how to make it better. Remain open to learning your entire life. We can learn from the most unexpected places. And hone your craft. There are no short cuts. Grammar matters, punctuation matters, the tradition of literary excellence matters.

When you master all of that, then you can find your own voice and use language to your best advantage, to tell your story your way and in your own time.

Visit my Bookshop's "my writing craft shelf" for some great books on how to improve your writing. I take writers workshops constantly.(less)
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“Nightmares are for people who refuse to listen to their hearts. People who have lost their way, who are hollow. Fear slips into those hollow places. It is the very emptiness that draws the fear.”
Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Daughters of the Stone

“We all have stories. Sometimes the pain lies so heavily inside us that it can only be whispered. Sometimes it can't be spoken out loud at all. So you think you're different? There are many silences. You've got one kind but each of us has her own. Listen and you will hear them all around you. [...] You're not alone in your pain, never have been. We're all part of each other's pain and can be a part of each other's healing too.”
Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Daughters of the Stone

“THESE STORIES OF MY LIFE HAVE...DEPOSITED ME ON THE MORNING OF TODAY.”
DAHLMA LLANOS-FIGUEROA

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“The pure and simple truth is seldom pure and never simple.”
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“Let our voices be heard in all of our languages. Not just English. I am an American and I speak Spanish and English.”
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“A writer is a world trapped in a person.”
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