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 SUNY at Buffalo and CUNY Queens College. 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.
The hardcover edition of Daughters of the Stone was shortlisted as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. In 2020, the self-published paperback edition won the 16th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards for Multicultural Fiction. Dahlma was one of the awardees of the 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction, the 2021 City Artists Corps grant awards, and the 2021 Letras Boricuas Fellowship/Mellon Foundation Award. Dahlma’s short stories have appeared in various anthologies and literary journals throughout the United States, Africa, and Brazil. The English and Spanish language editions of Dahlma’s second novel, A Woman of Endurance, will be released in April 2022.