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Being named Best Author in a Phoenix poll is but a feather in JUNOT DIAZ's teeming cap. In addition to receiving the Pulitzer for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Diaz has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Radcliffe, and the NEA, as well as awards from Readers Digest, the PEN Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Though he's among the nation's most acclaimed young writers — the New Yorker named him one of the 20 most important writers of the 21st century and Miramax optioned his novel — Diaz is still a man of the people: look for him on the No. 1 bus en route to MIT.


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