Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

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Saïd Sayrafiezadeh (born 1968)[1] is an American playwright and author living in New York City. He won a 2010 Whiting Writers' Award.


Sayrafiezadeh was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an Iranian father and an American mother. He was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1][2][3] He is the nephew of the novelist Mark Harris.



Sayrafiezadeh's plays include New York is Bleeding, Autobiography of a Terrorist, The World Might Be Uninhabited, All Fall Away, and Long Dream in Summer. They have been produced or read at South Coast Repertory, New York Theatre Workshop, The Humana Festival of New American Plays, The Lark Theatre, and at The Sundance Institute.


Sayrafiezadeh's personal essays have appeared on the literary website Mr. Beller's Neighborhood.[4]

His fiction includes "When Skateboards Will Be Free," first published in the literary journal Granta 91: Wish You Were Here,[5] and "Most Livable City," published in The Paris Review.[6] "Appetite" and "Paranoia" were published in The New Yorker.[7][8]


Sayrafiezadeh wrote the memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood (2009) about his childhood in the Socialist Workers Party USA.[9]


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