The second collection of poems by Tanaya Winder.
"Ruthless with truth and sonic boomed with radiance, Tanaya Winder is sweet soul medicine." --Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed and The Moon of Letting Go
In Why Storms are named after People but Bullets Remain Nameless, we find Tanaya Winder in the thick of a beautiful burn, where "pain demands to be felt," where joy or maybe something more decolonial than it bubbles up from the black hole of the past. Winder aims a sociological eye at the gun, the bullet, and the throttle so that we might together constellate differently. "like any good indian woman" is one of my favourite poems to date!” –Billy-Ray Belcourt, author of This Wound Is a World
"Gripping and radiantly moving testament of rezilience, healing, and defiance." – Marcus Red Shirt, Poet, Educator, Youth Advocate, and Spoken Word Artist
"Why Storms are Named After People... is a book for dreamers and survivors. Every verse of Winder's brings us out of the past and into the possibility and hope of the future.” –Skyler Reed, Editor, Moved By Words
Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and performance poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She is the author of Words Like Love (West End Press). Winder grew up on the Southern Ute Indian reservation and 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. Tanaya writes and teaches about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love); she is an advocate of heartwork and believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share. Watch her TED Talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF1z5XHEMaM