Q&A: Junot Diaz, interview by Caitlin Purdy & Chris Yong-Garcia
Born in the Dominican Republic, critically acclaimed author Junot Díaz immigrated to the US as a child and was raised in New Jersey. Fluidly blending Spanish into his prose and offering powerful insight into the emotional complexities and harsh realities of the immigrant experience, Díaz has often been labeled a voice for Latinos in the US. Ultimately, however, Díaz’s works have a universal appeal, transcending bounds of race and culture and exploring common elements integral to all human experience: love, loss, and longing.
Díaz is a graduate of Rutgers University and earned an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University, publishing his first collection of short-stories, Drown, in 1996. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and Paris Review, among others, and he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Díaz is a finalist in the fiction category for this year’s National Book Awards and is a recent recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s genius grant. Latin Lover was honored to be able to talk with Díaz on a range of topics, including his childhood, his love of food, and his new book, This Is How You Lose Her.
Published on Latin Lover issue #04