Junot D-az was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New Jersey when he was six. He is the author of a story collection, "Drown," and a novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2008. Parts of both books first appeared in The New Yorker. He has contributed stories to the magazine since 1995; his most recent, "The Pura Principle," ran in the March 22nd issue.Joyce Carol Oates is the author of many novels, including "Them," "Black Water," "We Were the Mulvaneys," and, most recently, "Little Bird of Heaven" and "A Fair Maiden." Her new story collection, "Sourland," is out in September and contains "Pumpkin Head," which originally appeared in The New Yorker. She has received the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.Wells Tower is the author of the story collection "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned," which came out last year, and which contains "Leopard," his New Yorker d-but story. He has received two Pushcart Prizes, The Paris Review's Plimpton (Discovery) Prize, and a Henfield Foundation award. He was included in the June 14th & 21st Summer Fiction Issue's "20 Under 40" list of notable fiction writers.Willing Davidson is the associate fiction editor of The New Yorker.moreless
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