Neil Shea



Prose Poetry

September 12, 2015

Big thanks to The American Scholar for publishing in their fall issue some of my works-in-progress that combine photography, true stories, and prose poetry. I’ve been working in this form for a while, mostly with Instagram, but it’s exciting to see a pair of these non-fiction prose pieces turned out in print. I’m learning, slowly, that poetry is much more able than journalism to capture certain kinds of truth.

Short stories from a Dry Country

July 20, 2015

Excited about a new Instagram storytelling collaboration with my friend Randy Olson. We think it’s the first word+picture project of its kind on the platform. Please join us across three accounts, @natgeo, @randyolson, and @neilshea13 as we tell short, true stories from Ethiopia’s Omo River.

Nowhere Girl

April 14, 2015

This spring The American Scholar has published a story from my recent work in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp. The piece began as a short piece posted to Instagram, and this collaboration with The Scholar is about experimenting with how we share stories, and how they might move from one platform to another to give a larger sense than any single work can do on its own. The Scholar is also running a gallery of portraits I made in and around Kakuma, and I’ll be rolling out a new series of picture-stories on Instagram this week.

Narrative Conference

March 18, 2015

Next week I’ll be speaking at The Power of Narrative Conference in Boston. The lineup looks great this year (more on speakers + sked), and I’m particularly excited to be on a panel discussing Instagram storytelling with a pair of writers I admire: Jeff Sharlet and Darcy Courteau. If you’re in town, come on over and join us.

Instagram II

February 01, 2015

I’m traveling West this week to the headquarters of Instagram, to present a second storytelling workshop to their talented crew. Peter Gwin and I will be talking about how narratives form in our minds long before we realize it, and how pictures and words can work together most effectively.

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