I’m a regular contributor to New York Magazine and the author of the best-selling e-book The Sinking of the Bounty: The True Story of a Tragic Shipwreck and its Aftermath.
My reporting and essays have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New Republic, Popular Science, Fortune, Smithsonian Magazine, Slate, The Washington Post, Boston Magazine, Mental Floss, and The Los Angeles Times, among many other publications. I’m a former staff reporter at The Christian Science Monitor, and a former online editor and arts correspondent for The Boston Globe. My first book, Among Righteous Men, was published in 2011; Bookforum called it “engaging… fluid and fast-paced.”
I’ve received grants from The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and the Wesleyan Writers Conference, where I was the 2010 Barach teaching fellow in nonfiction. I have an MFA in creative writing from New York University, and I’ve taught fiction and nonfiction at NYU, Drew University and The New School.
In 2012, my story Ghosts won the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction.
I was also a staff writer on the Emmy-nominated final season of the TV show Cash Cab.
Email: matt dot shaer at gmail dot com
Represented by Edward Orloff at McCormick & Williams.