Brendan Shay Basham (Diné) is a fiction writer, poet, educator, and a former chef, born in Alaska and raised in northern Arizona. His work has appeared in such publications as the Santa Fe Literary Review, Red Ink, Yellow Medicine Review, Juked, Cloudthroat, and Sheepshead Review. He has been awarded several awards and fellowships from Writing By Writers, Tin House, the Truman Capote Trust Fellowship, and he was a nominee for a 2016 PEN / Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and a 2018 Pushcart Prize. Recently, he was awarded the first Native American Literary Award from the Ucross Foundation.
Brendan teaches writing and literature at the undergraduate and graduate level. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is in the process of publishing his first novel. He lives in Nashville, where he is also the Writers in Schools Coordinator with Southern Word, a literacy nonprofit teaching poetry and performance to Tennessee youth.