Kent Michael Nerburn is an American author. He has published sixteen books of creative non-fiction and essays, focusing on Native American and American culture and general spirituality. He won a Minnesota Book Award in 1995 for Neither Wolf Nor Dog and again in 2010 for The Wolf At Twilight. His most recent work, The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo, is the final book in this trilogy.
Nerburn describes his work as a search for "an authentic American spirituality." He has been described as having a "poetry of thought," as someone who reveals the "profound impact of nature and 'place' on the human spirit," and as someone who displays "integrity and honesty in presenting the experience of native elders today." He has been called "one of America's Living Spiritual Teachers" and one of the few authors who can respectfully bridge the gap between Native and non-Native cultures. "He is credited, along with Annie Dillard, Truman Capote, Rick Bragg, and Anne Lamott, as one of the writers who has raised the genre of creative non-fiction into high art."