Professional Bio


Ph.D., Creative Writing (Prose) and Literature, University of Denver, May 2015

M.F.A., Creative Writing (Poetry), Washington University, May 2006

TaraShea Nesbit's first book, The Wives of Los Alamos, draws upon archival research to consider the creation of the atomic bomb from the perspective of the nuclear physicists’ wives. The book was a national bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize, a Library Journal Best Debut, the winner of two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, and published in several languages. Her nonfiction on topics as varied as scientific history, class ascension, grief, adolescence, and motherhood have been featured in The Guardian,Fourth Genre, Salon, Creative Nonfiction, The Iowa ReviewQuarterly WestThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She earned a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing (Prose) from the University of Denver and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis. She has taught at  New York University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Denver, the University of Washington, and Miami University. 

TaraShea draws from multiple genres in her writing and teaching, encouraging authors to find the project’s organic shape. From the heavily-plotted novel to that which resembles a lyric essay, TaraShea enjoys reading a range of texts and analyzing with an eye for how each teaches us to read it. Her present writing concerns include upending commonly told historical American narratives, as well as examining coming of age stories. For mentorships, TaraShea's intentions are to help writers further train their critical eyes, generate new prose, and discover deeper questions they did not know their writing asked. She focuses on students’ works-in-progress and craft teachings as applicable to the students' work, and includes Skype conversations as part of her monthly feedback.