Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao—which won the John Sargent, Sr., First Novel Prize; the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize—and This Is How You Lose Her, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Díaz is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Sunday Times Short Story Prize. A Rutgers University graduate, he is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and a co-founder of the Voices Writers Workshop. A professor at MIT, he splits his time between Cambridge and New York City.