We are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence will be world renowned novelist and short-story writer, Junot Díaz.
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A new feature of the CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program, the Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence program is designed to bring a prestigious writer to campus for a public reading, a classroom visit, and to meet with our students in one-to-one meetings. The Writer in Residence Program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain hitherto unprecedented access to leaders in their field, to discuss professional working methods, and to get feedback on their own work.