Whoever and wherever you are, it’s a pleasure to meet you. My work aims to help people of color, especially those participating in white-majority environments, know they, too, deserve to thrive in those spaces. My writing has appeared in Lit Hub, Electric Literature, Entrepreneur, The Rumpus, Catapult, Medium, and more. I was a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence.

My debut novel, BLACK BUCK, forthcoming by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2021, explores ambition and race in America’s sales force, following a young man who works his way up in sales at a tech start-up—where he is the only black employee—and changes the game forever, pitched as Sorry to Bother You meets Wolf of Wall Street.

Before I begin writing, I think back to the scenarios where myself and loved ones broke through institutionalized racial barriers in order to achieve our potential and help others, like us, do the same. My work is an extension of my reality, and I often use instructive satire as the mode of delivery, making it easier for people to swallow; albeit still incredibly difficult to stomach. The challenge is to ensure those I’m writing for understand the work is for them, while also not making a spectacle out of pain for others to view as personal entertainment.

At the end of everything I write, I aim for my intended reader to walk away with a guide on how to advance their lives, or at least see the world through the eyes of someone attempting to better understand his failures and successes. The ultimate achievement of my work is when a reader walks away reaffirming the fact that they should never, ever, feel less than again.

Formerly, I was Director of Sales Development at “The Best Place to Work in NYC Tech.” Currently, I teach people across North America how to sell. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and watching hours of music videos and movie trailers ad nauseam. Other things that sustain me: mediation, hip-hop, yerba mate, exercise, and, of course, family.   

I live in New York and you can follow me on Twitter at @AskMateo, or send me an email here.

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