Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz to speak at 48th annual Nina Mae Kellogg Awards, April 30
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications
Posted: March 13, 2012

Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz to speak at 48th annual Nina Mae Kellogg Awards, April 30

PSU Department of English event celebrates student writing and scholarship

(Portland, Ore.) March 13, 2012 — Junot Díaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, will give an invited talk at the Department of English’s annual awards ceremony, April 30, 2012.

The New York Times wrote that "Díaz's writing decisively establishes him as one of contemporary fiction's most distinctive and irresistible new voices."

The Nina Mae Kellogg Awards program, now in its 48th year, recognizes outstanding student work from the year prior in the areas of literary studies, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

The event, which includes awards and scholarship presentations to undergraduate and graduate students, will be held Monday, April 30, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom (Room 355, 1825 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Ore.). 

The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact Amy Greenstadt, associate professor of English (503-725-9409, or PSU’s Department of English, 503-725-3521.

Junot Diaz in Blue Shirt (web)Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, several Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize XXII and in The O'Henry Prize Stories 2009. 

Díaz has received a Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 PEN/Malamud Award, the 2003 US–Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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The Department of English, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University, offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the needs of students with a diversity of interests, and academic and professional backgrounds. Degrees offered include a Bachelor of Arts in English, minors in English, Writing and Film Studies; master’s degrees in English, Writing (with options in professional and technical writing or book publishing); and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with emphases in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The department is also home to Ooligan Press, the nation’s only student-run general press fully integrated into an academic curriculum.

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News Release
For Immediate Release (#12-024) 

By: David Santen, Office of University Communications 
Portland State University | 503-725-8765 


Amy Greenstadt, Department of English
Portland State University