Moderated by Deborah Treisman
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic. He is the author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; This is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist; and the critically acclaimed short story collection Drown. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, and numerous Best American Short Stories anthologies. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, a PEN/Malamud Award, a Dayton Literary Peace Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a PEN/O. Henry Award, among other accolades. Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Deborah Treisman is the fiction editor at The New Yorker. She hosts the award-winning monthly New Yorker Fiction Podcast, and is the editor of 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker. She was the 2012 recipient of the Maxwell Perkins Award for her contribution to fiction.