PRIDA ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

DaughtersoftheStoneDahlma Llanos-Figueroa is a novelist, memoirist and short story writer whose work is grounded in the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in New York City.

Her longer narratives, though universal in nature, are heavily influenced by West African mystical symbology and 20th Century Latin American magical realism, while her shorter pieces are grounded in urban realism.

A 2006-7 Bronx Council on the Arts Literary Fellow and three-time BRIO/ACE award winner, her novel Daughters of the Stone was shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 PEN America Bingham Award. Her work has been included in Breaking Ground/Abriendo Caminos, an Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012, Growing Up Girl, When Last on the Mountain, Woman’s Work and Narrative Magazine, among others.

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

She has completed her second novel, A Woman of Endurance, and is now working on her third novel in a series of five. For more information and a list of other publications please visit her web site at www.dahlmallanosfigueroa.com.

WHY PRIDA?

I have supported PRIDA events for many years.  We have so many remarkable Puerto Rican artists who merit wide promotion and whose work often goes under the radar of other organizations.  This is a way of showcasing all that we have contributed and continue to contribute to the arts community in the city and beyond.  With the federal government slashing funding for the arts, it’s especially important for us to actively support our own organizations and the artists they represent.

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