TaraShea Nesbit

TaraShea Nesbit

Associate Professor of English
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

323 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus


  • PhD, Creative Writing–Prose, University of Denver, 2015
  • MFA, Creative Writing–Poetry, Washington University in St. Louis, 2005
  • BA, English Literature, The Ohio State University, 2003

Research and Teaching Interests

  • 20th and 21st-century fiction and creative nonfiction
  • environmental literature
  • historical fiction 
  • lyric essays
  • digital storytelling
  • multi-genre texts 
  • creative writing pedagogy

Selected Publications


  • Beheld. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing. 2020.
    • Reviews for Beheld appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, Washington Independent Review of Books, Booklist, BookPage, BookBrowse, Fiction Writers Review, and elsewhere. Chosen by USA Today as a “Book Not to Miss”, Salon as a “Best Book of March”, BookBrowse Editor’s Choice, Crime Reads “Best Historical Fiction of the Year (So Far)”, and BookMarks “Best Reviewed Book of the Week”. Listed as a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Vogue and Literary Hub.
  • The Wives of Los Alamos. New York: Bloomsbury. 2014.
    • Released February 2014 by Bloomsbury US (US and Canada); April 2014 by Bloomsbury UK (UK, New Zealand, Australia); July 2014 by Ponte alle Grazie (World Italian); Fall 2014 by DuMont Buchverlag GmbH & Co. (World German); Spring 2014 by Turner Books (World Spanish).


Short Fiction

  • "Until We Found Our Own." The Collagist 56 (2014). Web.
  • "From Fields, From Concrete." The Collagist 56 (2014). Web.
  • "West." The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal The Fiction Issue (2013): 44-46. Print.
  • "Inge and Her Imaginary Sister." The Collagist 54 (2013). Web.

Interviews and Recent Press

Written Interviews

Selected Press

Radio Interviews

  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “Pilgrims and Puritans and Murder in Plymouth, in the novel ‘Beheld’.” The Jefferson Exchange, interview with Geoffrey Riley, Jefferson Public Radio, Regionally-syndicated NPR, Mendocino, CA & Eugene, OR. 24 Weds 2021. Live.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “‘Beheld: A Novel’ Explores the Plymouth Colony.Studio Tulsa, interview with Rich Fisher, KWGS Radio, Regionally Syndicated NPR show, Tulsa, OK, 23 Nov. 2021. Taped.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “TaraShea Nesbit: Asking the Questions of WHO Gets To Tell The Story?The Morning Show, interview by John Bauer & Heidi Holtan, KAXE/KBXE Radio Regionally syndicated NPR, 19 Nov. 2021. Live.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “The Secret Lives of the Pilgrims.The Lowdown, interview with Ira Wood, WOMR Radio, Cape Cod, Provincetown, MA, 16 Nov. 2021. Taped.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “Conversations: TaraShea Nesbit, ‘Beheld'.” Conversations, interview with Dan Skinner, Kansas Public Radio, NPR, University of Kansas, Kansas City & state-wide KS, Lawrence, KS, 9 Nov. 2021. Taped.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “Author TaraShea Nesbit.” The Jim Engster Show, interview with Jim Engster, Louisiana Radio Network, distributed via satellite to 71 affiliates throughout Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 8 Nov. 2021. Live.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “TaraShea Nesbit imagines an ominous Plymouth in ‘Beheld’.” The Round Table, interview with Joe Donohue, WAMC National Radio Productions. Nationally syndicated to over 500 NPR affiliate stations from Canadian Border to Philly, NJ, Ct, Mass, NH, all of NY and Vermont, 4 Nov. 2021. Taped.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “Beheld: TaraShea Nesbit joins the show.The WGVU Morning Show, interview with Shelley Irwin, WGVU Radio, NPR affiliate in Grand Rapids, MI and throughout Western Michigan, 3 Nov. 2021. Taped.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “Author TaraShea Nesbit.” Conversations Live!, interviewed by Cyrus Webb, WMPR 90.1 FM, NPR Affiliate/Podcast, Jackson, MS, 2 Nov. 2021. Taped.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “Author TaraShea Nesbit.” Second Saturday Magazine, interviewed by Bob Johnson, WPKM Radio, Bridgeport, CT & Montauk, NY. 29 Oct 2021. Taped. Nesbi
  • t, TaraShea. “Author TaraShea Nesbit.” The Morning Show, interviewed by Carson Schubert, KMA Radio, KMALand, ABC Radio/ Westwood One Affiliate, Shenandoah, IA, 29 Oct. 2021. Taped.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “Author TaraShea Nesbit.Breaktime, interviewed by Thomas Edward Rhenfeldt, WBEV Radio, Madison & Central WI, WXRO (95X) Madison, WI, 28 Oct. 2021. Taped.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “Author of Beheld, TaraShea Nesbit.” Morning Edition, interviewed by Eric Schubring, WOJB 88.9 FM, NPR, Hayward, WI, 28 Oct. 2021. Live.
  • Nesbit, TaraShea. “Beheld Life Strategist TaraShea Nesbit.” Strategies for Living, interviewed by David McMillan, KEEL Radio, Shreveport, LA, 25 Oct. 2021. Live.
  • Beheld with TaraShea Nesbit.The Point. CAI: Local NPR for the Cape, Coast & Islands. Sept 17, 2020. Radio.

Grants and Awards

  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020 for Beheld
  • The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of the Year for Beheld
  • Finalist for the 2021 Ohioana Book Award for Beheld
  • 2021 Honoree in the Adult Fiction category of the Society of Midland Authors Annual Literary Award for Beheld
  • The New York Times Editors’ Choice for Beheld
  • 2021 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read Book” for Beheld
  • CrimeReads Best Historical Fiction of 2020 for Beheld
  • April 2020 Indies Next Pick, selected by the American Booksellers Association for Beheld
  • Winner, "Best Personal Essays of 2017" chosen by Salon Magazine for "The Mothering Class," December 20, 2017
  • Winner, Community Reads Selection for The Wives of Los Alamos, One Book One Valley, October 2016
  • Award Recipient, Summer Faculty Research Grant ($5,000), College of Arts and Sciences, Miami University, Summer 2016
  • Finalist, 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, PEN Literary Awards sponsored by PEN American Center
  • Winner, Best Overall Book New Mexico and Best Historical Fiction, 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards
  • Editor’s Choice, The New York Times Book Review, Spring 2014
  • Winner, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection for The Wives of Los Alamos, Spring 2014
  • Winner, Indies Choice Spring 2014 Debut Pick for The Wives of Los Alamos, sponsored by The American Booksellers Association, 2013

Readings and Invited Talks

  • Invited Panelist, “Fictioning Archives” panel with John Keene and Namwali Serpell, sponsored by The Humanities Council, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, March 2, 2021.
  • Featured Author, “TaraShea Nesbit.Newsday Live Author Series, Long Island LitFest, Hosted by Hosted by Mark Chiusano, Dec 23, 2020. Virtual Event.
  • Invited Panelist, “Telling Seventeenth-Century New England Stories Through the Archives" panel with Annie Bissett and Diane Glancy, sponsored by The American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, Oct 15, 2020. Virtual Event. Featured Author, Beheld talk on research as a fiction writer, 2020 History Book Festival, Lewes, DE, July 30, 2020. Virtual Event.
  • Featured Author, American Inspiration Series, Beheld talk and signing hosted by the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, April 16, 2020. Virtual Event.
  • Invited Presenter, “Working-Class Witnesses in the Academy,” AWP Conference, San Antonio, TX, scheduled for March 4–7, 2020 and rescheduled for the 2021 AWP Conference.
  • Invited Presenter, “Tipping the Scales: Writing Women’s Lives in Biography & Historical Fiction, ”AWP Conference, Portland, Oregon, March 27-30, 2019, rescheduled for 2020 AWP.
  • Panel Chair and Presenter, “#MeToo, Girlhood,” AWP Conference, Portland, Oregon, March 27– 30, 2019.