American Indian Studies

2016-17 Native American Speakers Series

The series features nationally recognized American Indian scholars and artists who will delve into diverse topics and issues including Lumbee history, Native cuisine, health and wellness and Southeastern Native art.

Admission to the series is free, and it is open to the public.

Event has been postponed until further notice.

Tanaya WinderTanaya Winder

October 20, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Moore Hall Auditorium

Tanaya Winder is from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. A poet, writer, artist, and educator, she writes and teaches about the expressions of love—self-love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love.
Winner of the 2010 A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando prize in poetry, Winder has published in Cutthroat, Adobe Walls, Superstition Review, Drunkenboat and Kweli. She is co-editor of Soul Talk, Song Language with Joy Harjo (Wesleyan Univ. Press) and founding editor of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, a literary journal for indigenous women, founded in Albuquerque. Words Like Love is her first full length poetry collection (West End Press, 2015).

Winder holds a BA in English from Stanford University and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico (UNM). She guest lectures and teaches creative writing workshops at high schools and universities internationally and has taught at Stanford, University of Colorado-Boulder, and UNM, where she is adjunct professor in the Chicano/a Studies Department. Winder is Director of UC-Boulder’s Upward Bound Program, which services 103 Native American youth from 8 states, 22 high schools, and 12 reservations across the country.

An active performer and champion of her peers, Winder founded a management company for indigenous artists, Dream Warriors, which represents Mic Jordan, Tall Paul, and Frank Waln. Winder’s own poems were recently performed by the Poetic Theater Productions Presents Company in NYC.

She was Albuquerque’s Local Poets Guild Program Coordinator and has been a featured poet at Sunday Chatter, 516 Arts, on KNME’s Colores program, and as a TEDXABQ speaker for her popular talk, “Igniting Healing” ( Read more writing and find events and find her on Twitter @a_girl_on_fire. Photo by Smitten & Swoon Photography.

The Native American Speakers Series is supported by the Department of American Indian Studies, the Southeast American Indian Studies Program, Office of Academic Affairs and PNC Bank. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at


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