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"The Pulitzer Prize absolutely fundamentally changed my life and career as an artist," noted Diaz, who says he grew up "working poor" in Parlin, N.J. "I keep thinking, `Wow, I get the chance to do that for a whole bunch of people. Not just me alone, of course." Pulitzer officials say Diaz will be the first Latino to serve on the board...Co-chairman David Kennedy said the board looks forward to Diaz's perspective. Kennedy describes Diaz's prose as a mixture of Dominican Spanish and American English. "We hope that's the voice he brings to the deliberations of the board as well," Kennedy said. "Someone who is sensitive to and immersed in parts of our culture that haven't received the appreciation … they probably deserve."
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