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 For me, the best thing is giving voice to the voiceless. American letters have yet to catch up with American reality. We are so diverse and have so…moreFor me, the best thing is giving voice to the voiceless. American letters have yet to catch up with American reality. We are so diverse and have so many stories that have not been told. When we do start telling all of the "not-tolds," I believe we will find we have more in common than we think. But first, everyone has to be given a seat at the table. (Ignore the mixed metaphor, please.) We’re a long way from that right now.(less)
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In 2009, I created a 19th century rural Puerto Rico with all its complexities and contradictions and introduced Fela, Mati, Concha, Elena, and Carisa and released them into the world in my first novel, Daughters of the Stone. For over 10 years, these characters, and my novel, have been treasured by readers across the United States and beyond.

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"My mother is from Puerto Rico and I have been waiting my whole life to read about a family that reminded me of my own, so as soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to get a copy. To say that I loved this book is an understatement. Even as I..." Read more of this review »
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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.”
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“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.”
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“THESE STORIES OF MY LIFE HAVE...DEPOSITED ME ON THE MORNING OF TODAY.”
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