Swim Home to the Vanished
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About the Author
Brendan Shay Basham is a Diné fiction writer, poet, educator, and a former chef, born in Alaska and raised in northern Arizona. His work has appeared in the Santa Fe Literary Review, Red Ink, Yellow Medicine Review, Juked, Cloudthroat, and Sheepshead Review. He has received several awards and fellowships from Writing By Writers, Tin House, and the Truman Capote Trust Fellowship, was nominated for a 2016 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and a 2018 Pushcart Prize, and was awarded the first Native American Literary Award from the Ucross Foundation. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and 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.
"Swim Home to the Vanished is a lush and fantastic journey through strange lands and minds from an incandescent new voice full of my kind of melancholic brilliance and unromantic magic. The book devastates buoyantly, sensually, like some culinary chimera rising from heretofore unknown waters to take you under and wrap you like a song. Brendan Basham's novel is the announcement of an emerging writer fully formed." -- Tommy Orange, author of There There