Podcasts Pop CultureSeptember 27, 2011


For years, Junot Díaz was known for his explosive collection of short stories, “Drown,” set in New Jersey and the Dominican Republic. His readers loyally waited for his next book – a novel that took him 11 years to write. “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” about a Dominican American nerd from Paterson, New Jersey, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Susan Wallner talks to Díaz about what New Jersey means to him, as a writer and as a one-time resident of the state. Read about his upcoming appearance at Rowan University here.

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Susan Wallner
Susan Wallner

Susan Wallner is an award-winning producer and writer. She recently completed You'll Have the Sky: The Life and Work of Anne Morrow Lindbergh about the writer and aviator, narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe. She co-produced Ode to Joy, a performance special now airing on PBS. Her national documentaries include Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and Michael Graves: The Warehouse. Susan is a principal at PCK Media, where she produces the award-winning weekly public television series State of the Arts as well as a wide range of other projects. Recent highlights include a history series produced for New Jersey’s 350th birthday, It Happened Here: New Jersey, and advocacy videos for the statewide campaign, “Pre-K Our Way.” Susan has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, and a BA from New College of Florida. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her awards include 13 regional Emmys, four CINE Golden Eagles, two NETA Awards, a Worldfest Houston Gold Special Jury Award, and a Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Fellowship.