MacArthur Fellow Junot Díaz to read at Englert Theatre

A reading by Junot Díaz will kick off the first day of the Latino Midwest Symposium conference at the University of Iowa on Friday, October 12, 7:30pm at the Englert Theatre. Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and was most recently awarded with a 2012 MacArthur Genius Grant.

Díaz will also participate in a Q&A discussion earlier that Friday afternoon, from 3-4pm, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room at the Iowa Writers' Workshop Dey House.

Junot Díaz was born and raised in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Best American Fiction '96 (ed. John Edgar Wideman); Best American Fiction '99 (ed. Amy Tan); Best American Fiction '00 (ed. E.L. Doctorow) and The O. Henry Prize Stories anthology, 2009; Diaz was included in the '20 Writers for the 21st Century' issue of The New Yorker (Jun '99). He received a Pushcart Prize XXII, for his story "Invierno," which was later also selected for the Pushcart Book of Short Stories, a compilation of the best fiction from the first 25 years of the Pushcart Prize.

His first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (September 2007, Riverhead) won him Pulitzer Prize and remained on the New York Times and independent bookstore bestseller lists for two years - in hardback and paperback. It has been sold in 33 languages and has hit bestseller lists around the world. Diaz's next story collection, This Is How You Lose Her was released by Riverhead in September 2012. He was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant in October, 2012.

More info

Obermann Center for Advanced Studies: Junot Díaz reading

UI After Class: Junot Díaz


Junot Diaz hates writing short stories (NY Times)

Review of Diaz’ new collection, This Is How You Lose Her (NY Times)

Interview in which Diaz discusses men who write about women (The Atlantic)

Radio interview (NPR)

MacArthur Fellows bio page

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