Author Junot Diaz to Deliver This Year's Hellerstein Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz will be featured at this year's Professor Marjorie Hellerstein Literary Reading and Lecture Series at MassArt. 

Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He has received much acclaim for his published work: Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and How You Lose Her. Those awards include a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and National Book Circle Critics Award.

His reading and lecture will be held at 5:00 p.m. on March 27 in Tower Auditorium on the MassArt campus. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m.

This is the seventh year the series has been held. It was established in 2006, with gifts from family and friends of Professor Hellerstein. Marge, who passed away in 2005, was a longtime MassArt faculty member and Chair of the Critical Studies Department during the 1980s.

Previously the lecture series has featured Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Gluck, National Book award-winner Ha Jin, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright, among others.