Junot Diaz, award winning fiction writer, will give a reading as part of the Working Writer Series. The event, sponsored by the College's Creative Writing Program and the W.H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College, is free and open to the public.
Diaz is an acclaimed author, professor, editor, and advocate. Diaz is most known for his novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" (Riverhead Books, 2007), which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and for his short essays, "Drown" (Riverhead Books, 1996), and "This is How You Lose Her" (Riverhead Books, 2012), a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.
Like his character Oscar, Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in New Jersey. He currently teaches creative writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing and is the fiction editor for Boston Review. Diaz remains an advocate for the Dominican youth and plays a critical role in immigration policy.