Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

Landscape, Language, Teaching, Wildness, Beauty, Imagination

About Dawn

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Dawn Wink, PhD, is a writer and educator whose work explores the tensions and beauty of language, culture, and place. 

Wink studied International Relations, Spanish, and German at the University of California/Davis and received her Master’s in Crosscultural Leadership from California State University/Sacramento.

Wink’s novel Meadowlark (Pronghorn Press) was awarded the Women Writing the West WILLA Award for Historical Fiction/Finalist, High Plains Book Award for Woman Writer/Finalist, and NM/AZ Book Awards for Historical Fiction/Finalist.

Her first book, Teaching Passionately: What’s Love Got To Do With It?, co-written with Joan Wink, was published in 2004 by Pearson.

Wink is Director of the Department of Teacher Education at Santa Fe Community College and her literary work is represented by Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli of Jet Literary Associates, Inc. 

Wink lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.



13 thoughts on “About Dawn

  1. Hi Dawn, I am working on a website dedicated to the pilgrimage to Chimayo! I found your article beautiful, and if anyone is interested in walking the pilgrimage they can learn more at http://www.walkchimayo.com. Muchos gracias! Trey

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  3. Dear Dawn,
    I don’t know if this is good news or bad. On Sunday, I went to the Barnes and Noble bookstore here in Phoenix to try to buy a copy of Meadowlark. Voila! All copies were sold out….and in fact, they checked all B&N bookstores in Phoenix and there was not a copy to be had in any store. I’m not giving up. But was excited for you that it is apparently selling. It’s not like I needed another book. My pile of “books to read” grows higher all the time. But Meadowlark is on my “to do” list. I know I could buy it on Amazon but I don’t do well with computer-ese. I’ll find it in a bookstore at some point. Hope you are enjoying the benefits of your book being sold out!

    Wondering if you got my last e-mail. Hadn’t heard from you and can only imagine how busy you are. But would love to hear from you about the question I asked.

    Glad to see that your Dad is apparently improving. At least he is out and about….trying to fix the leak. Thanks for sharing the news and the pictures.


  4. Dear Linda,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write. What a gift this is to my spirit! Thank you and thank you. I laughed, cried, felt sad, and happy all during the writing of Meadowlark, as well. I love what you wrote of understanding and compassion amidst all. I am so very grateful to share the journey with you.

  5. I have to tell you that the Meadowlark was the best read I have done for a very long time. I cried, laughed, felt sad and happy reading the story of your great grandmother and her experiences, all of them. I felt so much anger towards her husband but also had compassion for him because of the environment he and his brother were raised in and understood their view of life. What an incredibly strong individual your great grandmother was and thank god for her friends that she made along the way to get her to the next level of her life on her day to day journey. Thanks for sharing her journals with all of us, it gives us some insight on how lucky we are that we do not have to endure what our ancestors were almost forced to endure.

  6. Dear Dawn,
    It’s Saturday evening. I had a million things to do today, but I started reading your blog hours ago and could not stop. You/it are INCREDIBLE. Thus, my laundry is not done, that kitchen counter is not cleared of its clutter, dinner….what’s that? I was too busy reading your wonderful work. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your heart, your life, and those of your family.

    I was a classmate of your Dad’s at Moville High School. What a joy it was to see him at our little town’s reunion. Please give my warmest regards to him and your Mom. How proud they must be of you! Thank them for me for giving the world such a beautiful young lady as YOU!! And thank you for sharing your gifts. (No thanks though for all that work I didn’t get done…ha.)

    Lovingly….because that is what I feel toward you after hours of reading.
    Rhoda Hulse Thomas
    Gilbert, Arizona

    • Dear Rhoda,

      What a gift to wake to your note this morning. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and connect. Oh, I am grateful to know that I am in such good company in getting lost in reading and leaving laundry undone, kitchen counter not cleared, and dinner…what’s that?! Yes!

      And, you were a classmate of Dad’s…I love this. Yes, I shared your note with Mom and Dad. Thank you so much for your warm wishes.

      Deepest gratitude for all here,

  7. Dawn, como el alba, eres bien creativa con tus palabras y pedagogía. Sique pa’lante escribriendo libros ricos de cuentos culturales llenos de parrafos poeticos.

  8. Dawn, I just posted this in the comments on the blizzard- but there’s like a gazillion comments there and I didn’t want this to get lost. Relief information:

    Rancher Relief Fund

    South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and South Dakota Sheep Growers Association have established a fund with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation to assist livestock producers devastated by the blizzard of Oct. 4-7.

    To donate visit. http://www.giveblackhills.org and search “Rancher Relief Fund.” Checks can also be mailed to Black Hills Area Community Foundation/SD Rancher Relief Fund, at P.O. Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709

  9. Dawn,
    Thank you for writing about this. It is truly tragic. I understand not wanting to photographed or write about it, but someone needs to record it especially in the absence of the mainstream media. Could you please contact me at Truthforourtime@gmail.com? Thank you, Tamara

  10. Hi Dawn:

    I’m looking forward to reading your blog.


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