Tanaya Winder is a poet, writer, artist and educator and was raised on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, CO. An enrolled member of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, her background includes Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Black heritages. Tanaya writes and teaches about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love). She travels Turtle Island teaching and speaking about the importance of “heartwork” and using your gifts to serve your passions and create your own definition of success. She attended college at Stanford University where she earned a BA in English and the University of New Mexico where she received an MFA in creative writing. Since then she has co-founded As/Us: A Space for Women of the World and founded Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist management company. She guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally. For Women and Girls on Fire is her debut EP.
Poet and singer/songwriter Tanaya Winder (Duckwater Shoshone / Pyramid Lake Paiute, Southern Ute, Diné, and Black) just released her first EP For Women and Girls on Fire. A project inspired by her second poetry collection Why Storms Are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless has transformed her poetry by using her spoken word and vocal skills to create a project intended to inspire and empower people to find healing using their voices and gifts. The project features fellow artists from the Dream Warriors collective including Frank Waln and Mic Jordan as well as Indigenous artists Delbert Anderson and Jon Chavarillo.