October 21, 2019

The Creative Spark: New interview collection coming this fall

New book coming: November 9, 2019   The Creative Spark How musicians, writers, explorers, and… [more]

The Creative Spark: New interview collection coming this fall The Creative Spark: New interview collection coming this fall

Michael Shapiro 2017 Sonoma County TEDx talk in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Travel writer and photographer Michael Shapiro takes you from Ireland to Guatemala, from Kenya to Ecuador,… [more]

Michael Shapiro 2017 Sonoma County TEDx talk in Santa Rosa, Calif. Michael Shapiro 2017 Sonoma County TEDx talk in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Somewhere Beyond Time: Jan Morris’s Wales in National Geographic Traveler

Jan Morris has been my mentor and a muse. When National Geographic Traveler asked me to travel to Wales… [more]

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Amazon cruising: A Ride in the Wild

I always thought if I ever floated down the Amazon it'd be in a dugout canoe on a shoestring adventure.… [more]

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Jane Goodall interview

In 2007 I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Jane Goodall. Excerpts from that interview have appeared… [more]

Jane Goodall interview Jane Goodall interview

Southern Ireland with Dervla Murphy

"Trying to interview Dervla Murphy is like trying to open an oyster … with a wet bus ticket." That… [more]

Southern Ireland with Dervla Murphy Southern Ireland with Dervla Murphy

Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya

Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya is a photo collection of images by Kraig Lieb with… [more]

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The Creative Spark: New interview collection coming this fall

Creative people have a certain spark: a brightness in their eyes, an inquisitive way of looking at the world, a desire to make things. But that spark doesn’t reside solely in people seen as creators. It’s in all of us, just waiting to break out.
In this collection of interviews with some of the most creative people of our time — musicians, authors, explorers, and chefs — these makers speak about what drives them, what helps them to see the world in fresh ways, and what inspires them turn their visions into art.
During the past decade, Michael Shapiro has interviewed some of our most creative luminaries. Yet it’s not simply that Shapiro has had access to so many supremely talented people — it’s that he gets them to go deep. These interviews serve as a gateway for each one of us to chart our own creative paths, enrich our lives, and bring our true selves into the world.

Michael Shapiro 2017 Sonoma County TEDx talk in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Travel writer and photographer Michael Shapiro takes you from Ireland to Guatemala, from Kenya to Ecuador, and talks about how meeting people all over the world helps build bridges and shatter expectations. This talk was given at the 2017 Sonoma County TEDx event in Santa Rosa, Calif.  

Somewhere Beyond Time: Jan Morris’s Wales in National Geographic Traveler

Jan Morris has been my mentor and a muse. When National Geographic Traveler asked me to travel to Wales to interview her and write about her corner of her beloved homeland, I leapt at the chance. I planned to meet Jan on my first day in Wales and have her set my itinerary, but she […]

Amazon cruising: A Ride in the Wild

“Oh my God – it’s a black caiman,” he exclaims. “These are endangered – look at this!” Victor places one arm under the neck of the scaly creature, best described as a small alligator with teeth that could do some serious damage. “Want to hold it?” he asks. “Just put your hand under his neck and you’ll be fine.”

Jane Goodall interview

From a very early age, Jane Goodall showed a keen interest in observing animals. One day, when she was four, she spent hours crouching in a henhouse trying to see how a hen laid an egg. By the time she was eight, Goodall says she’d decided she wanted to go to Africa someday and live among wild animals.