Miami Presents: Dr. TaraShea Nesbit, Author of Beheld

Presented on: February 25th at 2:00 PM EST

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Virtual Winter College features alumni and faculty authors, as well as the return of our popular Winter College cooking class. All programs are free and can be enjoyed from the cozy comfort of your home.

Was there a murder on the Mayflower? This is just one of the questions that English associate professor Dr. TaraShea Nesbit pursues in her newest novel, Beheld. In this session, Dr. Nesbit takes us behind the scenes into the making of a historically-based novel, to talk about the research that goes into writing a novel involving real characters from the past. Have your pencils handy, if you wish, because Nesbit will also share a generative writing exercise she uses in the graduate and undergraduate creative writing courses she teaches at Miami.

About Beheld: Ten years after the Mayflower pilgrims arrived on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the land its residents had imagined. Seemingly established on a dream of religious freedom, in reality the town is led by fervent puritans who prohibit the residents from living, trading, and worshiping as they choose. By the time an unfamiliar ship, bearing new colonists, appears on the horizon one summer morning, Anglican outsiders have had enough. From the bestselling author of The Wives of Los Alamos comes the riveting story of a stranger’s arrival in the fledgling colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts--and a crime that shakes the divided community to its core. 

Dr. TaraShea Nesbit is an associate professor of English (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction) at Miami University. She is the author of the novels Beheld (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Publishers Weekly Best Fiction Book of 2020) and The Wives of Los Alamos. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, Granta, Lit Hub, The Guardian, Ninth Letter, Salon, Fourth Genre, Quarterly West, The Collagist, Iowa Review, Necessary Fiction, The Los Angeles Review of Books Fiction Issue, and elsewhere. Dr. Nesbit received a B.A. in English Literature from The Ohio State University, an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing (Prose) from the University of Denver. 

Beheld at Amazon.com

Beheld at Bookshop.org

The presentation is free to watch online, but registration is required. Please reach out to Emily LeFevers with any questions at bostiae@MiamiOH.edu.

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