MacArthur “Genius Grant” Winner Junot Diaz Reads @ UAlbany’s Campus Center Today

October 4th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

Junot Diaz (photo by Nina Subin)

Junot Diaz (photo by Nina Subin)

Born in Santo Domingo and raised in New Jersey, author Junot Díaz started off his writing career with a bang. His first novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” earned him the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

And, of yeah, the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, too.

On Monday, it was announced that the 43-year-old Diaz – who will be reading at UAlbany today – was also the recipient of a coveted MacArthur Fellows Program award (known more commonly as a “genius grant”), from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. One of this year’s 23 MacArthur Foundations fellows, he will receive $500,000 over the course of the next five years to use in whatever way he chooses.

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