Michael Shapiro

About Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro writes about travel, food, books, environmental issues, and the performing arts for U.S. newspapers and national magazines. His first literary book, A Sense of Place, is a collection of interviews with the world’s leading travel authors.

In 2017, Shapiro delivered a Sonoma County TEDx talk entitled, “The Space Between,” about how global travel can foster understanding. Shapiro lives with his wife in Sonoma County and volunteers as a whitewater raft guide for a Northern California outfitter that takes special needs people on outdoor adventures.

For more about The Creative Spark, or to contact Shapiro, see thecreativesparkbook.com.

The Creative Spark

“Michael Shapiro’s finely tuned, informed and intimate interviews strike to the heart of the matter.” —Tim Cahill, author of Hold the Enlightenment

The Creative Spark is a collection of interviews with some of the most creative people of our time: musicians, writers, visual artists, 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 brightest creative luminaries. Among the authors are Amy Tan, David Sedaris, Barbara Kingsolver, Pico Iyer, and Frances Mayes. His work as a music journalist has led to interviews with legends including Smokey Robinson, Lucinda Williams, Graham Nash, Lyle Lovett, Melissa Etheridge, Merle Haggard, and Jethro Tull bandleader Ian Anderson. And he’s spoken with creative masters in other fields, such as director Francis Ford Coppola and comedian Joan Rivers.

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Eric Newby: Through Love and War

An interview with Eric Newby at his home in Guildford, England in 2004, excerpted from A Sense of Place
Eric Newby’s life story reads like a Hollywood script. After a comfortable, middle-class English upbringing, Newby left home at eighteen to join the crew of one of the world’s last commercial sailing ships, the Moshulu, which

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Beneath the Rim

by Michael Shapiro

A journey down the Colorado River with Captain John Wesley Powell.

Our boats are four in number. Three are built of oak, stanch and firm (with) water-tight cabins.… These will buoy the boats should the waves roll them over in rough water. The fourth is made of pine…built for fast rowing.… We take

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The Longest Day

by Michael Shapiro
The grip of love reaches through time.As a planeload of people stared at their tiny seat-back screens, I raised the cover of the oval window and witnessed my second dawn of the day. The orange-pink light illuminated the crystalline snow below that blanketed Baffin Island like diamond dust with a purity that took

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