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.