Brendan Shay Basham (Diné) is Tó tsohnii and Bit’ahnii, born for bilagáana. A fiction writer, poet, educator, and former chef, Brendan was born in Alaska and raised in northern Arizona. He received his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and his debut novel, Swim Home to the Vanished, is forthcoming from Harper Books/HarperCollins, in 2023.

His prose and poetry have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Santa Fe Literary Review, Yellow Medicine Review, and Juked, among others. He is a recipient of Poetry Northwest’s inaugural James Welch Prize for Indigenous Writers, two Writing By Writers Fellowships, the Truman Capote Trust Fellowship, and the Ucross Foundation’s first Native American Literary Award.

Brendan is a creative writing faculty member at The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and UNR at Lake Tahoe. He now resides in Baltimore where he runs a make-believe café.