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Author Junot Díaz to Headline City Tech’s April 26 Literary Arts Festival

Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Junot Díaz will read from his work at City Tech’s 30th Annual Literary Arts Festival, to be held in the College’s 900-seat Klitgord Center Auditorium, 285 Jay Street (at Tillary), on Thursday, April 26, 2012, starting at 5:30 p.m. Readings and performances by City Tech students will precede Mr. Diaz’s reading, which will take place at approximately 7 p.m. Admission is free and the festival is open to the public. For more information, contact Festival Coordinator Professor Caroline Hellman, 718.260.4975 or chellman@citytech.cuny.edu.

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Junot Díaz is the author of the short story collection Drown (Riverhead, 1996) and the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead, 2007), which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), Pushcart Prize XXII and in The O'Henry Prize Stories 2009.

Mr. Díaz has received a Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 Pen/Malamud Award, the 2003 US-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he is the founding member of the Voices of Writing Workshop, a writing workshop focused on writers of color.

Listed by The New Yorker as one of the 20 top writers of the 21st century, he received his bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers Colleges and a master’s of fine arts degree from Cornell University.

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