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Junot Díaz is a Dominican American writer, the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT, a fiction editor for the Boston Review and a 2012 MacArthur Fellow. He is the author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Additionally, he has written a number of short stories which have appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices and Best American Short Stories as well as in two published collections, Drown (1996) and This is How You Lose Her (2012). Central to his writing is his experience as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic to the United States.

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