Junot Díaz was born on December 31, 1968 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He then moved to New Jersey for the majority of his childhood.
Junot Díaz graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1992. He then completed his studies at Cornell University with a Master of Fine Arts in 1995.
Díaz has received many awards and fellowships, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Dayton Literacy Peace Prize, and the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.
Díaz’s published works include: Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The New Yorker, Callaloo and This Is How You Lose Her. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. This Is How You Lose Her is a New York Times bestseller.
Junot Díaz channels various opinions and struggles he faces through the characters in his stories. He also addresses issues that are difficult to confront, such as family troubles and adolescence.
Aside from writing, Díaz works as a fiction editor at Boston Review. He also works as the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches creative writing. He cofounded the Voices of Our Nation Workshop, a writing workshop for colored authors.
Dayton Literacy Peace Prize
MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship
2003 U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship
2008 Pulitzer Prize
National Book Critics Circle Award
Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award