JUNOT DÍAZ teaches writing at MIT and is the author of Drown (1996), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) (which won the Pulitzer Prize), and This Is How You Lose Her (2012). Born in the Dominican Republic, Díaz moved with his family to the United States when he was six, and he writes often of his experiences growing up in a Dominican neighborhood in New Jersey. This narrative originally appeared in the New Yorker in 2011.