David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, is the author of Winter Counts, nominated for an Edgar Award, and winner of the Anthony, Thriller, Lefty, Barry, Macavity, Spur, and Tillie Olsen Awards. The novel was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, main selection of the Book of the Month Club, an Indie Next pick, and named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and other magazines. The novel is being translated into French, German, Japanese, Turkish, and Polish, and has been optioned for film production. He has short stories appearing or forthcoming in the crime fiction anthologies Denver Noir, Midnight Hour, This Time for Sure, and The Perfect Crime.
Weiden is also the author of the children’s book "Spotted Tail," winner of the 2020 Spur Award and finalist for the Colorado Book Award. He’s published work in The New York Times, Shenandoah, Yellow Medicine Review, Transmotion and other magazines. He was a MacDowell Fellow, a Tin House Scholar, and was awarded the PEN/America Writing for Justice Fellowship. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and teaches writing for the Master of Fine Arts program at Western Colorado University. He is a professor of Native American Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and lives in Colorado with his family.