Neil Shea

is a writer, filmmaker, teacher and creative consultant. His stories regularly appear in National Geographic magazine, and he's a contributing editor with The Virginia Quarterly Review and The American Scholar. His recent creative clients have included Instagram, Atlantic Re:Think, Cathay Pacific Airways, and Market Road Films. He teaches at Sewanee, the University of the South, and at Boston University.



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8 Town

I'm in Nairobi, covering the run up to Kenya's national elections and their violent, chaotic aftermath. Most of my work has been in the Kibera area, which is often described as one of Africa's largest slums. But Kibera is more than that, a place filled with people who are working, striving, and praying for peace. Some stories from there, on my Instagram feed.

Big News 

I'm thrilled to announce that the film I've been making with Taylor Hom and Luke Padgett about refugees in East Africa has been selected for a grant from Fork Films!

Fork is the stellar production company behind such docs as Armor of Light. 
Read more here.



A collection of things that are lately inspiring and guiding my own projects. Above, I wrote a blurb for David Haskell's excellent new book,The Songs of Trees. 




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