Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro will discuss the African role in Puerto Rico and the lack of representation of black women in Puerto Rican society and literature.
Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro is an Afro-Puerto Rican writer. She has become one of the island’s most prolific authors. Some describe her as controversial because her writings often focus on topics many consider provocative such as homosexuality and race. In 2004, she published her first book of short stories, Origami de Letras (Origami Letters). A year later, in 2005, she published Los Documentados (The Documented) which centers on migration within the Caribbean Islands. Another one of her novels, Negras (Black Women) released in 2011, is a fictionalized account of enslavement among black women in Puerto Rico; a topic she says is rarely included in the island’s literature. Yolanda’s literary career has been as varied and diverse as the multiple genres she writes in including novels, short stories, and poetry.
Organized by Prof. Fely Catan, MLLC, and sponsored by the Racial Justice Initiative Committee