Tanaya Winder is an author, singer / songwriter, poet, and motivational speaker who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. She received a BA in English from Stanford University and a MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. Winder’s poetry collections include Words Like Love and Why Storms are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless.
In 2013, she was a featured TEDxABQ speaker. Her talk “Igniting Healing” kickstarted her public speaking and performance career. She has been described as a compelling storyteller with words that touch the soul and a voice blessed by Creator.
Tanaya is a 2016 National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development “40 Under 40” emerging American Indian leaders recipient and a 2017 First Peoples Fund Artists in Business Leadership fellow.
Winder’s performances and talks blend storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love and “heartwork.” Her debut EP “For Women and Girls on Fire” highlights poetry and original songs. Winder’s “hauntingly beautiful” voice presents songs about love, loss, longing, and healing. Her specialties include youth & women empowerment, healing trauma through art, creative writing workshops, and mental wellness advocacy.