Another notable teen-reader favorite is Junot Diaz, a Dominican-American writer and creative writing professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Diaz also serves as fiction editor for Boston Review, and he serves on the board of advisers for Freedom University, an organization in Georgia the provides post-secondary instruction to undocumented immigrants. The Latinx experience, especially that of immigrants, is particularly prevalent in his work.
Teen readers enjoy Diaz’s work, especially his short story collection Drown (1995). Diaz also received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his work The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Woo.
Among his many other accolades, Diaz has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1999), the National Book Critics Circle Award (2007), a MacArthur Fellowship (2012), and he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2017.