Night of the Living Rez: A Conversation with Morgan Talty


How does identity and experience inform your writing? This episode explores:

  • Professor Talty’s journey from community college student to college professor.
  • The importance of supportive mentors and professors.
  • Using identity and experience ethically in fiction and nonfiction.
  • Why finding the right form for your story matters.
  • A discussion of the book Night of the Living Rez.

Our guest is: Professor Morgan Talty, who is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He is the author of the story collection Night of the Living Rez from Tin House Books, and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty’s work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (2022). 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 as well as the Institute of American Indian Arts. Professor Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender.

Listeners to this episode may also be interested in:

  • A Calm and Normal Heart by Chelsea T. Hicks
  • The Removed by Brandon Hobson
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp

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Christina Gessler

Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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