TaraShea Nesbit

TaraShea Nesbit

Assistant 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 Interests

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

Teaching Interests

  • creative nonfiction
  • fiction
  • multi-genre forms
  • documentary poetics

Selected Publications


  • Beheld. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.
  • 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

Grants and Awards

  • 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