Junot Díaz's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker,
The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories. His
highly-anticipated first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was
greeted with rapturous reviews, including Michiko Kakutani in The New York
Times calling it "a book that decisively establishes him as one of
contemporary fiction's most distinctive and irresistible new voices." His debut
story collection, Drown, published eleven years prior to Oscar Wao,
was also met with unprecedented acclaim; it became a national bestseller, won
numerous awards, and has since grown into a landmark of contemporary literature.
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Díaz lives in New York
City and is a professor of creative writing at MIT.
(Photo Credit: Marcia Wilson, taken at the 1st Harlem Book Fair July 1999)