Brendan Shay Basham (Diné) is Tótsohnii and Bit’ahnii, born for Bilagáana. He’s a fiction writer, poet, educator, and former chef, born in Alaska and raised in northern Arizona. His debut novel, Swim Home to the Vanished, is forthcoming from Harper Books/HarperCollins in 2023.

His work has appeared in such publications as Poetry Northwest, Santa Fe Literary Review, Red Ink, Yellow Medicine Review, Juked, Cloudthroat, and Sheepshead Review. He has been awarded awards and fellowships from Writing By Writers, the Truman Capote Trust, Tin House, and he was a nominee for a 2016 PEN / Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and a 2018 Pushcart Prize. In 2020, he was awarded the first Native American Literary Award from the Ucross Foundation, and is a recipient of the 2021 James Welch Prize for Indigenous Writers.

Brendan holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and did his undergrad work at The Evergreen State College. He currently lives and teaches out of Baltimore, MD.

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