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Butler University Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Junot Diaz

Butler University’s Visiting Writers Series welcomes Junot Diazthis Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 pm in the Atherton Union Reilly Room. Diaz is an acclaimed author of several novels, who hails from the Dominican Republic. Join the Butler University English department as the collaborate with NUVO Newsweekly to present this Indianapolis education event. As always, the Visiting Writers Series at Butler University is FREE to all Indianapolis people.

Born in Santo, Domingo, Dominican Republic,

3is currently a writer and creative writing professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Diaz emigrated to Parlin, New Jersey in December 1974, where he lived next to what he describes as “one of the largest landfills in New Jersey.”

Diaz attended Rutgers College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After graduation he worked shortly for Rutger University Press as an editorial assistant. He left the job to pursue a Master of Fine Arts at Cornell University. It was at Cornell where he wrote most of his first collection of short stories.

His stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker magazine (which listed him as one of the top twenty writers in the twenty first century), Story, The Paris Review and in the anthologies The Best American Short Stories (four times) The PEN/O, Henry Prize Short Stories and African Voices. Diaz’s writing is highly celebrated, winning him numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his work The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. In addition, this work won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

His most notable collection of short stories, Drown, garnered him much respect in the literary community. The story follows a teenage narrator, who lives an impoverished and fatherless life in the Dominican Republic and his struggle to adapt to a new life in New Jersey. His first novel, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is the story of an overweight boy from the Dominican Republic growing up in New Jersey. The main character is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy, comic books and role playing games.

As one of the most prolific writers of this generation, Junot Diaz has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. He is the winner of the Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 Pen/ Malmud Award and many many more.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Junot Diaz read his own work this Thursday, February 11. A question and answer session will follow for attendees to learn about his literary success. For more info about this Indianapolis event, visit Butler University’s official website.

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Junot Diaz
Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 pm

Butler University
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208