Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

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Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Born (1968-12-26) December 26, 1968 (age 50)
Brooklyn (New York), United States
Period21st century
Genrememoir, plays, fiction
Notable awardsWhiting Award
SpouseKaren Mainenti

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh /sɑːˈd ˌsɛərəfiˈzɑːd/ (born 1968)[1] is an American memoirist, playwright and fiction writer living in New York City. He won a 2010 Whiting Award for his memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free. His short-story collection, Brief Encounters With the Enemy, was short-listed for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction. He serves on the board of directors for the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Sayrafiezadeh was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an Iranian father and an American Jewish mother, both of whom were members of the Socialist Workers Party. He was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His maternal uncle is the novelist Mark Harris.[2] He lives in New York City.



Sayrafiezadeh wrote the 2013 short-story collection Brief Encounters With the Enemy.[3] His stories and personal essays have been published in The New Yorker,[4] The Paris Review,[5] The New York Times, [6]Granta, and McSweeney's.


Sayrafiezadeh wrote the 2009 memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood about his childhood in the Socialist Workers Party.[7]


Sayrafiezadeh's plays include New York is Bleeding, Autobiography of a Terrorist, 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, and at The Sundance Theatre Lab.


Short fiction[edit]

  • Sayrafiezadeh, Saïd (September 10, 2018). "Audition". The New Yorker. 90 (21): 64–69. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  • Sayrafiezadeh, Saïd (July 28, 2014). "Last Meal at Whole Foods". The New Yorker. 90 (21): 64–69. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  • Sayrafiezadeh, Saïd (January 16, 2012). "A Brief Encounter with the Enemy". The New Yorker. 87 (44): 58–63. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  • Sayrafiezadeh, Saïd (February 28, 2011). "Paranoia". The New Yorker. 87 (44): 58–63. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  • Sayrafiezadeh, Saïd (March 1, 2010). "Appetite". The New Yorker. 87 (44): 58–63. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  • Sayrafiezadeh, Saïd (Winter 2014). "Metaphor of the Falling Cat". The Paris Review. 211. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  • Sayrafiezadeh, Saïd (Spring 2006). "Most Livable City". The Paris Review. 176. Retrieved August 27, 2015.

Personal Essays[edit]


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