Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Morgan Talty


Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04102


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • MFA Fiction, University of Southern Maine
  • BA Native American Studies, Dartmouth College
  • AA Liberal Arts, Eastern Maine Community College


Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. His story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022), 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 teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Recent Publications


  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ: STORIES, Tin House Books, forthcoming Fall 2022 (under contract)


  • “Belongings” in Decor Maine, forthcoming
  • “One Edit: An Essay on Craft” in Shenandoah, forthcoming
  • “The Gambler” in Narrative Magazine, May 15, 2021
  • “Story, Speak” in Shenandoah, March 3rd, 2020

 Short Stories: 

  • “The [Unintelligible] in The Georgia Review, forthcoming
  •  “Houses” in The Idaho Review, forthcoming 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 
  • “The Blessing Tobacco” 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
  • “Smoked Blood” in The Stonecoast Review: Spotlight, October 1, 2017
  • “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.

Awards and Recognition

Fellowships and Grants:

  • The Elizabeth George Foundation, Recipient of Competitive Grant to Fund Creative Project, 2021-2022
  • Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Lit Event Fellow, October 2020-June 2021

Writing Awards and Distinctions:

  • “Food for the Common Cold” listed as a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 2021
  • “The Blessing Tobacco” WINNER of the Maine Literary Awards in Short Fiction 2021
  • “The Blessing Tobacco” finalist for the Maine Literary Awards in Short Fiction 2021
  • Grant recipient from the Elizabeth George Foundation (2021)
  • “The Name Means Thunder” listed as a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 2020
  • “The Blessing Tobacco” nominated by TriQuarterly for 2020 Best of the Net 
  • “Earth, Speak” nominated by Shenandoah for Pushcart Prize
  • “The Name Means Thunder” nominated for Pushcart Prize
  • Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below 30, 2019
  • “It’s All There” nominated for Pushcart Prize
  • “Burn” Top Five Stories of the Week 2017-2018, Narrative Magazine
  • Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below 30, 2018
  • “In a Jar” Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award—March/April 2017

Professional Activity

Board of Directors: The Massachusetts Review

Husson University: Writing Program Committee