Morgan Talty

Assistant Professor

213 Neville Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5752 U.S.A.


Office Hours – by appointment only


Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation. His debut short story collection, Night of the Living Rez, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the New England Book Award, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Honor, became a national bestseller, and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, and The Story Prize. His writing has appeared in The Georgia ReviewGrantaShenandoahTriQuarterlyNarrative, and elsewhere. Talty is an assistant professor of English in Creative Writing and Native American and Contemporary Literature at the University of Maine, Orono, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing. His debut novel Fire Exit will be published by (Tin House Books) on June 4th, and both the novel and story collection will be translated into seven languages. He lives in Levant, Maine.


-MFA, Stonecoast, University of Southern Maine

-BA, Dartmouth College.

Courses Taught:

  • ENG 101: College Composition
  • ENG 170: Foundations of Literary Analysis
  • ENG 205: Intro to Creative Writing
  • ENG 307: Writing Fiction



  • FIRE, EXIT: A NOVEL, Tin House Books (Distributed by W.W. Norton), forthcoming 2024
  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ: STORIES, Tin House Books (Distributed by W.W. Norton), July 5th 2022


  • “Turkey Day” in Narrative Magazine, Fall 2022
  • “Messages” in The Sun, September 2022
  • “I regretted not having a long braid when my mother died” in The Guardian, August 2022
  • “Grieving My Mother One Year Later” in Maine Magazine, July 2022
  • “A Year in Reading: Morgan Talty” in The Millions, December 6th, 2021
  • “Belongings” in Decor Maine, November 1, 2021
  • “One Edit: An Essay on Craft” in Shenandoah, forthcoming
  • “Story, Speak” in Shenandoah, March 3, 2020

Short Stories:

  • “Smoked Blood” forthcoming in NATIVE NOIR, Akashic Books (2023)
  • “The Prepper” forthcoming in NEVER WHISTLE AT NIGHT, Penguin Random House (2023)
  • “A Thin Smoke Rises” in Coolest American Stories (January 2023)
  • “Get Me Some Medicine” in Oprah Daily, June 2022
  • “Half-Life” in Harvard Review, July 2022
  • “Houses” in The Idaho Review, June 2022
  • “In a Field of Stray Caterpillars” in Arkansas International, June 2022
  • “In a Jar” in Granta, January 2022
  • “The [Unintelligible] in The Georgia Review, Winter Issue, December 2021
  • “The Gambler” in Narrative Magazine, May 15, 2021
  • “A Thin Smoke Rises” in Hunger Mountain Issue #25: Art Saves, March 2021
  • “Food for the Common Cold” in Narrative Magazine, Fall 2020
  • “The Citizenship Question: We the People” in The Georgia Review, Spring 2020
  • “The Blessing Tobacco” in TriQuarterly Issue 157 Winter 2020; excerpted in Literary Hub: The Best of the Literary Internet, January 21, 2020
  • “Earth, Speak” in Shenandoah, Volume 69 Number 1, Fall 2019
  • “The Name Means Thunder” in The Georgia Review, Fall 2019
  • “In a Jar” in Narrative Magazine: Story of the Week, May 18, 2019
  • “Safe Harbor” in Narrative Magazine: Winter 2019
  • “Burn” in Narrative Magazine: Story of the Week, July 13, 2018
  • “Smokes Last” in The Whitefish Review: Rising Voices, October 21, 2017
  • “Night of the Living Rez” in RED INK: International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Humanities, April, 2017

Short Plays:

  • “It’s All There” in Yellow Medicine Review, Fall 2018


  • “Using Signs of Student Engagement to Revise a First-year Writing Curricula” in Northwords (2021, Co-Authored)