Dawn Wink is a writer and  educator whose work explores the beauty and tensions of language, culture, and place. Wink grew up on a cattle ranch in the San Pedro River Valley of southeastern Arizona. She has studied and lived in México, Spain, and Germany. With degrees in International Relations, Crosscultural Leadership, and TESOL, Wink is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Santa Fe Community College and works with teachers in the U.S. and around the world.

Her book, Teaching Passionately: What's Love Got To Do With It? (co-written with Joan Wink, Pearson, 2004) explores the foundations of education, literacy,  language acquisition, and political, familial, and spiritual influences on education.

Her novel, Meadowlark, was inspired by her great-grandmother. Wink lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.