TaraShea Nesbit

TaraShea Nesbit

Assistant Professor of English
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

*on leave Fall 2017*

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

  • 20th and 21st century fiction and creative nonfiction
  • historical fiction 
  • lyric essays
  • multi-genre texts 
  • creative writing pedagogy
  • creative nonfiction
  • fiction
  • multi-genre forms
  • documentary poetics


  • The Wives of Los Alamos. New York: Bloomsbury. 2014. Print.
    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).


  • “Paper Nests.” Fourth Genre 19.1 (Spring 2017): 121-123. Print.
  • “Women Writing Through History.” Vela Magazine. 15 June 2016. Web.
  • “Tiny Truth.” Creative Nonfiction Magazine 58 (Winter 2016). Print.
  • “Where the River Makes a Noise.” Salamander 38 (2014): 55-65. Print.
  • “We Can Do a Lot: The Rise of First-Person Plural Narration.” Books Blog. The Guardian. 14 May 2014. Web.
  • “Secrets and Lives.’” Index on Censorship 2.2014 (2014): 111-114. Print.
  • “Month to Month Loyalties.” Bookanista. Spring (2014). Web. 
  • “July 16, 1945.” Quarterly West 73 (2011). Web.


  • "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.
  • 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