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Yolanda Pizarro

(Puerto Rico)

  • 2011 Women Latino Award |

  • 2006 PEN CLUB Prize Best Novel |

  • 2008 Puerto Rico National Literature Award

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro  is a novelist, short story writer and essayist from Puerto Rico. In 2008 she was chosen as one of the most important Latin American writers under 39 as part of Bogotá39 convened by UNESCO, the Hay Festival and the Ministry of Culture in Bogotá. She was the only representative from Puerto Rico. In 2004, Yolanda published her first book of stories

Origami De Letras and the following year published her first novel Los Documentados which depicts the migration conditions in the Caribbean, specifically from Hispaniola to Puerto Rico. This novel won the PEN Club Prize for 2006. In 2007 she published a new book of short stories, Ojos de Luna  in which she explores marginality from various points of view including eviction, solidarity, and spiritual barriers. This book was selected by El Nuevo Día as one of the best in 2007 and was awarded the National Prize of Literature, Premio Nacional del Instituto de Literatura de Puerto Rico 2008.  Yolanda is also the author of Caparazones (2010), the first lesbian fiction novel written in Puerto Rico, published by Editorial Egales in Spain.  She edited the Anthology Cachaperismos (2011), the first Puerto Rican lesbian anthology published in the island.

Arroyo Pizarro was a judge in the Second Puerto Rico Queer Film Festival and in the Premio Iberoamericano Las Americas.  She also won the 2011 Woman Latino Writer Award Residency from the National Hispanic Culture Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Yolanda is a radio host of Kooltureate at Bonita Radio, a Puerto Rican alternative streaming radio and serves as Chief Editor of the literary magazine journal Revista Boreales.  She regularly publishes articles and reviews in newspapers such as El Nuevo Día, El Vocero, Claridad and La Expresión.  You can access her personal blog at

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