Topics Tanaya Can Speak On

As a performance poet and motivational speaker, Tanaya can address a variety of subjects including:

  • the importance of higher education,
  • the importance of family/community support in success,
  • the power in pursuing passions,
  • why following your heart is hardwork, i.e. heart/work is always hard work.
  • why teaching poetry is so important,
  • publishing/writing,
  • pursuing writing as a career,
  • working with Indigenous youth,
  • writing as tool for healing,
  • decolonizing the narrative (the importance of storytelling)
  • the role mentorship plays in opportunities,
  • creating the spaces we need in life,
  • starting a literary journal,
  • the advantages and challenges of majoring in English,
  • using past pain to empower,
  • and many other topics.

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Examples of Previous Talks

  • TEDxABQ – Igniting Healing. Popejoy Hall at University of New Mexico.
  • What’s Fear Got to Do with It? – 26th annual Basketball Against Drugs and Alcohol (BAAD) Tournament. Confederated Tribes of the  Umatilla Indian Reservation. Pendleton, OR.
  • Keynote Speaker. Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc. 48th Annual Convention. Reno. NV.
  • Featured Artist. COLORES KNME New Mexico PBS. Albuquerque, NM
  • Keynote Speaker. YWCA New Mexico Women in Leadership. Albuquerque, NM.
  • Proceed with Conviction. Nixyaawii Community School. Umatilla Reservation, OR.
  • The Power of Poetry, University of Western Ontario. First Nations courses. London, Ontario. Canada
  • Women’s Focus – End of Year Poetry, KUNM Albuquerque, NM
  • Rise Up: A Celebration of Life, Harvard University. Boston, MA
  • As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Stanford University. Stanford CA
  • Choosing to Pursue a Literary Career. Laguna Acoma High School. NM
  • Running and Writing. American Indian Speakers Bureau, Chicago, IL
  • Starting a Literary Journal, Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Ignacio, CO
  • Pursuing Fine Arts Beyond High School. Fine Arts Week. Ignacio, CO.
  • Keynote speaker for the Native American graduation at University of Colorado at Boulder. May 2014
  • Keynote speaker for the Nixyaawii Community School graduation. May 2014
  • University of North Carolina-Pembroke
  • Native American Awareness Week, Lake Roosevelt High School, WA.
  • Taking Control of Your Narrative, Albuquerque NM
  • Albuquerque Cultural Conference

5efc947417e011e3a17a22000a1fd129_7 my first standing ovation from 2,000 people in Popejoy.

Examples of Previous Workshops

Some examples of workshops Tanaya has given:


Imagine you have three lives. What would you do with those three separate lives? Are there ways to combine them? What fears are involved in following those dreams? How can you overcome them?


The same techniques, rules, and advice that apply to crafting a poem, story, or essay can also be implemented in your writing and creative life. Come check out Taking Control of Your Narrative to hear some discussions and tips on plot, story arc, the importance of a character driven story versus a plot driven one, the function of an image in these genres, and the power of voice. The talk will include a couple of writing prompts so bring your pen, paper, and creative brains. Tanaya will offer advice on becoming the protagonist and being a hero in your own creative writing life.


Each of us has a story to tell, gifts that we were born with, and a light to share with the world. Come listen to poet, performer, and motivational speaker Tanaya Winder talk about embracing all of these traits and more! She will discuss the importance of family and community support in the pursuit of higher education and following one’s dreams. She will share the successes and challenges encountered on her journey to self-discovery in becoming a published poet and educator who works with Native American youth.


Each of us has a story and it is a story only we can tell. The voice we each have is powerful and worth sharing. Come participate in some fun and interesting writing prompts to help rediscover and strength the inner passion and voice that you have. Using an Indigenous corn teaching metaphor you will learn that writing poetry is just like a corn plant growing – both begin with a seed of inspiration and grow into something beautiful. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at, if you’re just starting, curious, or have been writing for years, you’ll rediscover the power of poetry in this workshop.


As Indigenous peoples we have undergone much historical, ancestral, and personal trauma. At times it can be difficult to process these traumas or soul wounds, but one way to cope and help make sense of these events is through art, writing, and words. Learning how to render your heart on the page is one of the most helpful skills one can possess because you’ll always have that as a means of processing joys, hurts, or all that comes in between. This workshop will offer writing prompts to help you open up, but also teach some writing techniques to find light and a sense of belonging and acceptance in ourselves and communities in hopes of coming out with a better understanding of the human condition in regards to loving others and self-love.


Where do stories take root? How does poetry plant itself early on in our artistic beginnings? This workshop will discuss how stories can serve as seeds to create the food that nurtures and heals the flooding of our internal heartscapes. We’ll use poetry and performance to explore how the art of remembering can allow us to re-member – and put ourselves back together after rupture. 


Part of living a w(hole) life involves healing any past traumas that would otherwise inhibit you from finding your purpose which grows from your passions. Uncovering your passion can be a difficult process when there are so many competing narratives of “what it means to be successful” or “happy.” This is where the importance of higher education comes in because in learning more about the world and how you, your community, and your people function and operate within the world often helps you find the role you want to have in society. Creating your own definitions of success will allow you to step into the heartwork that was always destined for you. As you learn more about your path, your story will unfold before you and put your heart into it. This talk will share the importance of storytelling and how stepping into your story will lead you to finding your fire. 

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