Friday, March 26, 2021

Bestselling Author Mateo Askaripour (CAS ‘12)

Mateo Askaripour

Mateo Askaripour (CAS ‘12) is a Brooklyn-based writer whose debut novel, “Black Buck” - which Colson Whitehead calls a “mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy” 
- is a New York Times bestseller and a TODAY Show Read with Jenna book club pick. He sat down with us to talk about his experiences as an NYU student, his introduction to yerba mate and the importance of the writing community he discovered at the Rhode Island Writers Colony.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

I have a lot, but maybe Welcome Week during my freshman year. I'm from New York and I was young when I came to NYU – just sixteen.  I remember thinking, “Hey, I’m in the city, I’m living on my own, I’m around the coolest people ever.” I was a little wide-eyed, but I didn't get too caught up in the scene. It was just so much fun. I genuinely had such a good time and met so many people.

Mateo Askaripour: his story continues