Junot Diaz, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is a professor, writer, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. He is the author of Drown and The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. His short fiction has been published in the New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize XXII and The O. Henry Prize Stories 2009. He has won many awards and fellowships, including the 2002 Pen/Malamud Award, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Diaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Nancy Allen professor at MIT.