Junot Diaz

Rachel Davis

Growing Up

  • Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic
  • Immigrated to U.S. (6 years old)
  • Raised in New Jersey
  • Heavy reader in Elementary School


  • Kean College
  • Rutgers State University
  • Demarest Hall
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Collection of short stories dealing with gender, identity, love, family life and growing up.
  • Narrators and characters vary throughout stories
  • Best known character Yunior

"This is How You Lose Her"

Collection of stories filled with love and humor.
  • Focuses on the character Yunior
  • Character first introduced in "Drown"
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • National Book Award finalist
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The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao

  • First novel
  • 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner
  • National Book Critics Circle Award
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Junot Díaz on how he writes


  • 1999- Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
  • 2002- PEN/Malamud Award
  • 2007- John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (Oscar Wao)
  • 2007- National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (Oscar Wao)
  • 2008- Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (Oscar Wao)
  • 2008- Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Oscar Wao)

Activism & Advocacy

  • Pro-Libertad
  • Dominican Worker's Party
  • Dominican Youth Union
  • DREAM Project

  • Pulitzer Prize board of jurors
  • First Latin-American to be appointed position


Bosman, Julie. "Dia Joins Pulitzer Panel." The New York Times 24 May 2010. Web.

Diaz, Junot. Junot Diaz. 2015. Web. May 2015.

Diaz, Junot. Junot Diaz on How He Writes Farber & Farber, 2012. Web. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY65UkpAltg>.

pulitzer.org. The Puliter Prizes. 2014. Web. May 2015. <http://www.pulitzer.org/boardmember/8993/2014>.

Rooney, Terrie M. "Junot Diaz." Contemporary Authors, Vol 161. Gale Research Co., n.d. 107.

The DREAM Project. Dream Project. 2015. Web. May 2015.