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The Center for Fiction Presents: Morgan Talty on Night of the Living Rez with Ashleigh Bell Pedersen

July 12, 2022

The Center for Fiction was thrilled to welcome Narrative “30 Below 30” author Morgan Talty to the stage in honor of his debut short story collection, Night of the Living Rez. The collection is a striking amalgam of stories about what it means to be Penobscot, told through the eyes of various individuals in a Native community in Maine. Talty’s work is a celebration of contemporary fiction and the magic of the short story, challenging our imaginations of perspective and place with persistent humor and compassion.

Talty joined author and educator Ashleigh Bell Pedersen (The Crocodile Bride) for a fantastic discussion of self, people, and place on the leading edge of the contemporary short story.

In Conversation

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    Morgan Talty

    Morgan Talty

    Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. Named one of Narrative’s ’30 Below 30,’ Talty’s work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. He lives in Levant, Maine.

  • Ashleigh Bell Pedersen

    Ashleigh Bell Pedersen

    Ashleigh Bell Pedersen

    Ashleigh Bell Pedersen’s fiction has been featured in New Stories from the South, the Kenyon Review, the Iowa Review, Design Observer, the Silent History, A Strange Object, and the New York Public Library’s Library Simplified app. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Brooklyn, where she writes, acts in theater and film, and attempts to teach her dog, Ernie, proper leash manners.