Shaer sneaks us in to this closed-off society and makes sense of its complexities.



Matthew Shaer is a writer-at-large at the New York Times Magazine and a correspondent for Smithsonian Magazine. His long-form reporting appears regularly in publications like The Atlantic, New YorkHarper’s, Wired, and Men's Journal. 

In recent years, Shaer has reported from Egypt, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Mexico, Myanmar, Lithuania, Greece, Eastern Russia, Western Africa, and the Syrian borderlands. His 2014 dispatch from the Seychelles was part of a Polk Award-winning project on offshore corruption.

In 2015, his Atavist Magazine story The Sinking of the Bounty was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in Reporting. The article is anthologized in Best American Magazine Writing 2014.

Shaer is a graduate of New York University’s MFA program in creative writing, and has taught at The New School, Drew University, and NYU. In past lives, he was a fry cook, a bike messenger, and a staff writer for Cash Cab. A native of Massachusetts, he lives in Atlanta. 

Represented by Edward Orloff at McCormick Literary and Michelle Kroes at Creative Artists Agency.