David Heska Wanbli Weiden

David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Nature Writing Faculty


B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, Theatre/Political Science J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Government
M.F.A., Institute of American Indian Arts, Creative Writing


David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, is the author of the novel Winter Counts (Ecco, 2020), a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Indie Next pick. Winter Counts was named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Amazon and NPR, and was a main selection of the Book of the Month Club. He’s the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a Ragdale Foundation residency, the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship, and was a Tin House Scholar. He received his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Winter Counts, Ecco/HarperCollins, 2020.
Spotted Tail, Reycraft, 2019.
“Carlisle Longings.” Shenandoah. Fall 2019.
“This 19th-Century Law Helps Shape Criminal Justice in Indian Country.” New York Times. July 19, 2020. “Skins.” Midnight Hour anthology, Crooked Lane Books.
​”Spork.” Transmotion. 2016
“Sourtoe.” Tribal College Journal. 2014.
“Winter Counts.” Yellow Medicine Review. 2014