About Junot Díaz
Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and is the author of Drown (1996) and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Ainsfield-Wolf Book Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His fiction has appeared in: The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), Pushcart Prize XXII and The O. Henry Prize Stories 2009. A new book by Díaz entitled This is How You Lose Her (Riverhead), will be published in fall 2012. He has received a Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 Pen/Malamud Award, the 2003 US-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review. Junot Díaz is currently the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT.