Tanaya Winder

Tanaya Winder

About Tanaya Winder

Tanaya Winder is an American performance poet, writer, motivational speaker, and educator. Her debut poetry collection Words Like Love was published in 2015. In 2010, she won the Orlando Poetry Prize for her poem The Impermanence of Human Sculptures. In 2015, Winder co-curated Sing Our River Red, a traveling exhibit of single earrings to raise awareness of Canada's epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. The following year, she was named one of the Native American 40 (Leaders) under 40 by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. She was raised on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, Colorado and is an enrolled member of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe. Her background includes Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Dine, and Black heritages. With fellow Indigenous writer Casandra Lopez, she founded As/Us, an online literary magazine to showcase the creative literary expressions and scholarly work of both emerging and established women writers from around the world. With Lakota rap artist Frank Waln and other collaborators, she runs Dream Warriors Management, an organization to promote Indigenous artists and support young Native students.
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