Yá’át’ééh, Brian Young yinishyé. T’áchiinii nishłį́. Ta’neeszahnii báshíshchíín. T’ódích’íinii da shicheii. Ts’ah Yisk’idnii da shinálí. Tséhootsooí dę́ę́’ naashá. Brooklyn, New York, da shighan.

Hello, my name is Brian Young. I am Red-Running-Into-Red Clan and born for the Tangle People Clan. My maternal grandfather’s clan is Bitter Water. My paternal grandfather’s clan is Sage Hill. I grew up in Fort Defiance, Arizona, on the Navajo reservation, but currently live in Brooklyn, New York. I am a filmmaker and the award winning author of Healer of the Water Monster and Heroes of the Water Monster.

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Author and filmmaker, Brian Young is a graduate of both Yale University with a Bachelor’s in Film Studies and Columbia University with a Master’s in Creative Writing Fiction. An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, he grew up on the Navajo Reservation but now currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.  As an undergraduate, Brian won a fellowship with the prestigious Sundance Ford Foundation with one of his feature length scripts. He has worked on several short films including Tsídii Nááts’íílid (Sid-dee Naw-see-lid) – Rainbow Bird and A Conversation on Race with Native Americans for the short documentary series produced by the New York Times. He was a participant of the 6th Annual Native American TV Writer’s Lab with the Native American Media Alliance, where he learned to write Television Scripts. He has published two middle grade novels, Healer of the Water Monster and Heroes of the Water Monster, as well as contributed short stories to Ancestor Approved and A Little Bit Super. In addition to writing for middle grade, Brian is working on several Young Adult and Adult fiction books and has worked as a cultural consultant on Jamie Lee Curtis and Russell Goldman’s graphic Novel Mother Nature. 


Brian Young is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Univeristy. He is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He writes for middle grade audiences and, when he has the time, enjoys reading, watching movies, playing video games and keeping physically active.