up / coming

New Instagram Series
w/ Randy Olson

August 1


New series premiering this week with Randy. We've been looking lately at water—and how it runs through our work, sometimes obviously and sometimes by its absence leaving a mark. Join us for the journey @natgeo and on our personal feeds.



July 25


Heading to Kenya this week for a new project. Excited to get back to Nairobi.


/ past

Remembering the
Great War

June 7

New story up at National Geographic, remembering one of the Great War's most unusual battles.


Dispatches from Borneo

May 8

Just home from a few weeks' work in and beneath the rainforest of Borneo with photographer Carsten Peter. We're working on a story for Nat Geo about some of the largest and most spectacular caves in the world. I'll be posting short stories from the journey to Instagram. Join us @neilshea13

New Stories:


Spring 2017


I've got a new series of short essays appearing in The Virginia Quarterly Review called "Subway Rorschach." First story appears in the print issue; the series will also appear on VQR's Instagram feed, @vqreview. These pieces are a bit of a shift for me; more personal.




April - May


I'll be in Borneo working on a story for National Geographic.

Sewanee: The University of the South

March 28 - 30


Joining a group of journalists & professors for public discussions and classroom workshops on truth, facts + storytelling in the era of Trump.


March 23 | 7pm


I'll be talking National Geographic,  Instagram + storytelling at one of NYC's premier creative agencies.


Join us!

AWP Conference: Washington, D.C



February 11, 2017


I'll be part of a panel called "Translating Iraq," with writers, poets and novelists who've worked in the country. 

The Dreyfoos School for the Arts: West Palm Beach

January 11 - 13, 2017

Classes and workshops on writing, storytelling, and creativity


Writing from the World's Most Challenging Places: NYC

December 13, 2016


Talking conflict journalism @ Passion Passport's HQ

Nieman Foundation for Journalism: Harvard

October 21, 2016


Short/True: A lecture + workshop on social media and journalism

Seoul Digital Forum: South Korea

May 19 - 20, 2016


Instagram storytelling @ South Korea's premier digital conference.



Passport to Asia: Hong Kong + Cambodia

February 14 - 29, 2016


Travel writing workshop and social media campaign for Passion Passport + Cathay Pacific Airways.

The Power of Narrative Conference: Boston

March 27 - 29, 2015


Presentations on conflict reporting, journalism and memory, and social media storytelling.






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