I Tried to Warn You About Junot Diaz

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An old colleague from the Boston Globe sent me a link to today’s article about the flurry of women coming forward about (alleged, I guess) sexual misconduct towards them by Pulitzer-winning novelist Junot Diaz. My friend sent the article out of kindness, the way an old pal might place a comforting hand on your shoulder by way of saying, “I believe you. I always did.”

Author Zinzi Clemmons sparked today’s uproar across social media when she tweeted about Diaz cornering her and forcibly kissing her when she was a graduate student of just 26. After she tweeted this, two other female writers, Carmen Maria Machado and Monica Byrne, both came forward with similar tales of misogynistic abuse at the hands of Diaz. I wasn’t surprised. But anyone who has followed my own literary career knows that.

I publicly said Diaz was a misogynist opportunistic liar more than ten years…

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Hi! I’m Kristie. I live in Southern California with my husband, 8-year-old daughter, and five dogs. I teach literature at a small college during the day, and spend my evenings as a creative writing dance mom. I discovered my love for reading in elementary school, when I first read The Black Stallion in the fourth grade. Since then, I read as if my life depends on it. Bookstores are my amusement parks, novels are my constant companions, and my dream is to build floor to ceiling bookshelves in every room of my house. I love paranormal romance novels, and I especially love novels with strong, fearless heroines. In my free time, I love to hike and camp in the mountains, and I don’t think there is anything better than reading a great book underneath a canopy of pine trees.

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