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



Matthew Shaer is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a correspondent for Smithsonian Magazine. His reporting has appeared in The Atlantic, GQNew YorkHarper’s, Wired, Fast Company, Fortune, and Men's Journal, among other publications.

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

In recent years, Shaer has reported from Egypt, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Mexico, Myanmar, England, 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.

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

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