Shea Serrano

  • A long-time resident of and former teacher in Houston, Texas
  • Columnist for multiple Texas-based publications, including the Houston Press and Houston magazine
  • No. 1 New York Times bestselling author


Shea Serrano is a former writer for TripSavvy. He a freelance writer living in Houston, where he moved after graduating from college. He is originally from San Antonio, Texas.

Shea is a former columnist for the Houston Press and Houston magazine. He's also written for Village Voice,​ The Ringer, Filter magazine, URB magazine, Mental Floss magazine, Texas Observer, Dallas Observer, and a slew of other places.

Shea's roots in Houston run deep. Not only has he written extensively about the city and explored the many things it has to offer, he formerly taught at a local middle school. In 2018, Shea was honored at Stevenson Middle School, where he once taught, by having the gymnasium named after him in gratitude for his philanthropic work in the community.

In 2015, Shea's book, "The Rap Year Book," was released and made it to the New York Times' Best Seller list. Two years later, in 2017, his book "Basketball (And Other Things)" reached No. 1 on the prestigious list. His latest book, "Movies (And Other Things)" was released in 2019. 


Shea graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He taught middle school science in Houston for 9 years.

Awards and Publications
  • "The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed" (2015)
  • "Basketball (And Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated" (2017)
  • "Movies (And Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated" (2019)
  • Two books on the New York Times Best Seller List
  • The gymnasium at Stevenson Middle School in Houston is named the Serrano Gymnasium in his honor.

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