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December 8, 2022

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Latinx Caribbean Heritage Panel — Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa and Carmen Rita Wong

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Join two acclaimed writers, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa and Carmen Rita Wong, as they discuss their work and their shared Caribbean Heritage as part of our programming for Hispanic Heritage Month.

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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. 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. Llanos-Figueroa taught creative writing, language and literature in the New York City school system before becoming a young-adult librarian and writer. The hardcover edition of Daughters of the Stone was shortlisted as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her second novel, A Woman of Endurance released in April 2022, the Spanish language edition, Indómita releases in May 2022. Her short stories have been published 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. She lives in New York City.

Carmen Rita Wong is a writer and author of the memoir, Why Didn’t You Tell Me?, (Crown Penguin, July ’22). She is a producer, and non-profit board leader, including the boards of The Moth and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She is the former co-creator and television host of On the Money on CNBC and was a national advice columnist for Glamour, Latina, Essence, Men’s Health, and Good Housekeeping as well as a former faculty professor at NYU. Carmen is the author of a series of novels and two bestselling advice books. She is the founder and CEO of Malecon Productions, LLC, where she develops female-focused media and entertainment. She lives in Manhattan with her daughter and their two pups.

This panel will be moderated by Patricia Coral, Politics and Prose Director of Events, American University MFA graduate, and recipient of The Myra Sklarew Award.

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