Saïd Sayrafiezadeh was born in Brooklyn and raised in Pittsburgh. Most recently, he is the author of the short story collection American Estrangement (W.W. Norton, 2021), a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir (Dial Press, 2009), which won a Whiting Award and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by Dwight Garner of The New York Times; and the short story collection, Brief Encounters With the Enemy (Dial Press, 2013), which was shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fiction Prize and named one of the best book of the year by BookPage. Sayrafiezadeh’s short stories and personal essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, The Best American Short Stories, Granta, McSeeney’s, The New York Times, and numerous anthologies.
Sayrafiezadeh is the recipient of a 2010 Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a 2012 fiction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Playwriting fellowships include New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Theatre Workshop and Sundance Theatre Lab. His play, “Autobiography of a Terrorist,” was produced by Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco.
He lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Hunter College and New York University, where he received a 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award.