Yolanda Arroyo-Pizarro


Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (she/her/hers) is a Puerto Rican writer and activist. She has published books that denounces and makes visible passionate approaches that promotes the discussion of Afro identity and sexual diversity. She is Director of the Department of Afro-Puerto Rican Studies, a creative writing performance project and has founded the Chair of Ancestral Black Women, a day that responds to the call promulgated by UNESCO of celebrate the International Decade of People of African Descent.

Yolanda has been invited by the UN for the “Remembering Slavery” Program to talk about women, slavery and creativity in 2015. Her book of short stories “Las Negras”, was the winner of the Puerto Rico National PEN Club Short Story Award in 2013.  “Carapace”, “Lesbofilias” and “Violeta” are some of her works that explore transgression from openly visible lesbianism. Yolanda has also won the Prize of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in 2015 and 2012, and the National Prize of the Institute of Puerto Rican Literature in 2008.

Yolanda has presented at conferences in Africa, México, Spain, and the United States, including BN’s 2018 Convention at Sea . She has also been a guest lecturer at NYU, Vermont University, Florida State University and the University of Pennsylvania. Yolanda has been included in the TED Talk platform as an educational lecturer with the keynote “And your grandmother, where is she?” Her work has been translated into German, French, Italian, English, Portuguese and Hungarian.

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