Junot Diaz Bio | Wiki
Junot Diaz is a popular Dominican-American writer, a creative writing professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and was a fiction editor at Boston Review. Diaz also works on the board of advisers for Freedom University, a volunteer organization in Georgia that provides post-secondary instruction to undocumented immigrants.
Central to his work is the immigrant experience, particularly the Latino immigrant experience. He received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant” in 2012.
Junot Diaz Age
Diaz was born on December 31, 1968, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is 53 years old. Diaz celebrates his birthday on December 31st, every year.
Junot Diaz Height
He is a man of above-average stature. Diaz stands at a height of 5 ft 9 in (Approx. 1.75 m).
Junot Diaz Family
He was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Rafael Antonio and Virtudes Díaz. Diaz was the third child in a family of five. Over most of his early childhood, Diaz lived with his mother and grandparents while his father served in the United States. In December 1974 Diaz immigrated to Parlin, New Jersey, where he was reunited with his father. There Diaz lived less than a mile from what he has described as “one of the largest landfills in New Jersey”.
Junot Diaz Wife
He lives in a domestic partnership with paranormal romance writer Marjorie Liu who has written many fiction and comic books such as the paranormal romance Dirk & Steele Series. Marjorie, who wrote Marvel’s best-selling comics NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, works also as a professor of comic writing at MIT.
Junot Diaz Education
He graduated from Cedar Ridge High School in 1987 (currently called Old Bridge High School) in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey, though he would not start to write formally until years later. Diaz received earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, and shortly after graduating created the character “Yunior”, who worked as a narrator of many of his later books. Following obtaining his MFA from Cornell University, he published his first book, the 1995 short story collection Drown.
Junot Diaz Drown | Book
On January 1, 1996, Diaz published his book titled Drown the semi-autobiographical, debut short story collection. In this book stories are set in the context of 1980s America and are narrated by an adult who is looking back at his childhood. This book was nominated for the 1997 Quality Paperback Book “New Voices award and “Ysrael and “Fiesta, 1980” were included in Best American Short Stories 1996 and 1997.
Junot Diaz Books
– The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
– Drown (1996)
– This is How You Lose Her (2012)
– Islandborn (2018)
– How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie) (1996)
– The Cheater’s Guide to Love: Faber Stories (2014)
– Topiel (1998)
– The Beacon Best of 2001: Great Writing by Women and Men of All Colors and Cultures (2001)
Junot Diaz This Is How You Lose Her
In September 2012, Diaz released a collection of short stories entitled This Is How You Lose Her. This Is How You Lose Her was named a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award on October 10, 2012. In Diaz’s review of the book on the online arts and culture journal Frontier Psychiatrist, Editor-In-Chief Keith Meatto wrote, “While This is How You Lose Her will surely advance his literary career, it may complicate his love life. For the reader, this collection raises the obvious question of what you would do if your lover cheated on you, and implies two no less challenging questions: How do you find love and how do you make it last?”.
Junot Diaz Islandborn
His first children’s book, Islandborn, was released on March 13, 2018. This story follows an Afro-Latina girl named Lola whose journey takes her back to collect memories of her country of origin, Dominican Republic.
Junot Diaz Quotes
– “And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.”
– “But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.”
– “It’s never the changes we want that change everything.”
– “The half-life of love is forever.”
– “Motherfuckers will read a book that’s one third Elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they [white people] think we’re taking over.”
– “She was the kind of girlfriend God gives you young, so you’ll know loss the rest of your life.”
– “Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can’t exist without one.”
– “She’s sensitive, too. Takes to hurt the way water takes to paper.”
– “If you didn’t grow up like I did then you don’t know, and if you don’t know it’s probably better you don’t judge.”
– “You’re the only person I’ve ever met who can stand a bookstore as long as I can.”
– “Our relationship wasn’t the sun, the moon, the stars, but it wasn’t bullshit, either.”
– “…sometimes a start is all we ever get.”
– “I guess it’s true what they say: if you wait long enough everything changes.”
Junot Diaz Net Worth
He works as a Dominican-American writer, a creative writing professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and was a fiction editor at Boston Review. Therefore, Diaz has accumulated a decent fortune over the years. Diaz’s estimated net worth is $981,352.
How Old Is Junot Diaz
Diaz is a 53-year-old who was born on December 31, 1968, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Who Is Junot Diaz
He works as a Dominican-American writer, a creative writing professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and was a fiction editor at Boston Review.