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ALBUQUERQUE On Saturday, September 7 TEDx Talks is coming back to Albuquerque and will feature writer and poet Tanaya Winder, Southern Ute/Duckwater Shoshone.
“I feel very honored to be selected as one of this year's TEDx Albuquerque speakers. As a young Native American writer and educator who works with Native American youth, I'm grateful for the chance to share my story,”
For the past four years, the TED.com licensed conference has showcased New Mexico's biggest ideas and fascinating thinkers to sold out audiences. This year, the event will highlight 16 to 20 remarkable homegrown ideas from New Mexico's most passionate engineers, authors, farmers, scientists, artists, and doctors, among others.
Underneath her quiet demeanor, Tanaya's inner complexities are reflected throughout her work. Her frankness and willingness to confront her own truths, whether good or bad, speak volumes in her spoken-word and poetry.
“I believe it is extremely important for all of us to share our stories, struggles, and triumphs with each other. Where we are today is only possible because of the elders and people who came before us to pave the way for us,”
Ms. Winder will be a part of Session 1 and talk between 10 and 11:30 am Mountain Time.
“Tanaya Winder is one of the neo-wave of young indigenous American poets who have leaped singing and speaking from traditional tribal cultures into the digital age. She has it all: a gift of poetry, a vision for cultural revision, and a deep soul,”
commented Joy Harjo, an award-winning Native writer who has been watching Winder's career.
Ms. Winder has a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from Stanford University, a Master's degree in Creative Writing and Poetry from the University of New Mexico, and has taught writing courses at both universities.
She is a winner of the 2010 A Room of Her Own Foundation's Orlando prize in poetry. Her work has appeared in Cutthroat magazine, Adobe Walls, Superstition Review, and Drunkenboat, among others.
The Poetic Theater Productions Presents Company has produced and performed selections from her manuscript "Love in a Time of Blood Quantum." Last April, Ms. Winder presented her spoken word and poetry in Chicago for Title VII's American Indian Speakers Bureau.
Great Native success stories are needed in today's times and serve as an inspiration for the next generation. Help support Tanaya by watching and live streaming her presentation at tedxabq.com.
posted September 5, 2013 6:40 am edt