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 is the author of the novels Beheld (Bloomsbury, 2020) and The Wives of Los Alamos (Bloomsbury, 2014), which was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice,” a Library Journal “Best Debut,” the winner of two New Mexico–Arizona Book Awards, and published in four languages. Her essays have been published in Granta, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, Salon, and elsewhere. She earned a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Denver, with a focus on prose, and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, with a focus on poetry. She has taught at Washington University, the University of Washington in Tacoma, the University of Denver, Miami University, and New York University. More info at

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.