Junot Díaz (junot@mit.edu)

Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories. His debut book, Drown, was met with unprecedented acclaim; it became a national bestseller, earned him a PEN/Malamud Award, and has since grown into a landmark of contemporary literature. His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was published in 2007 and won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. In 2012, the MacArthur Foundation awarded him a MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the "Genius Grant", $500,000 over five years, no strings attached. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Díaz is a professor of writing at MIT.

  • Islandborn


    CMS/W Professor Junot Díaz and illustrator Leo Espinosa publish Islandborn, a “joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking” children’s book on memory, place, and imagination.

  • This Is How You Lose HerJunot Díaz Riverhead Books, 2012

    This Is How You Lose Her

    “Junot Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love – obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love.”

  • The Cheater’s Guide to Love

    The Cheater’s Guide to Love

    “Finally, when you feel like you can do so without exploding into burning atoms, you open a folder that you’ve kept hidden under your bed. The Doomsday Book.”

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Junot Díaz
Riverhead, 2007

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    “The most dynamic, entertaining, and achingly heartfelt novel I’ve read in a long time.”