Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator and motivational speaker from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She graduated from Stanford University and earned her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She is an editor at As/Us: A Space for Women of the World. She is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and Director of the University of Colorado at Boulder Upward Bound Program. She blogs at Letters From A Young Poet.