Junot Diaz is a writer and educator. Díaz was born in Villa Juana, a neighborhood in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Díaz emigrated to Parlin, New Jersey in December 1974. In elementary school Diaz was was a voracious reader, often walking four miles in order to borrow books from his public library. He completed his BA at Rutgers College in 1992, majoring in English. He worked his way through college by delivering pool tables, washing dishes, pumping gas, and working at Raritan River Steel. He earned his MFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1995, where he wrote most of his first collection of short stories. Currently, Díaz teaches creative writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing and is also the fiction editor for Boston Review. He is active in the Dominican American community and is a founding member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Writing Workshop, which focuses on writers of color. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker magazine, which listed him as one of the 20 top writers for the 21st century. He has also been published in Story, The Paris Review, and in the anthologies The Best American Short Stories four times (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories (2009), and African Voices. He is best known for his two major works: the short story collection Drown (1996) and the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007). Both were published to critical acclaim and he won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.