Sherman Alexie

An American Author


  • Born on October 7th, 1966
  • Grew up on Spokane Reservation in Washington
  • Part Spokane and part Coeur d'Alene Indian
  • Born Hydrocephalic
  • Spent childhood reading

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  • Went to school on reservation
  • 8th grade and above went to Reardan High school
  • Spokane's Jesuit Gonzaga University
  • Washington State University

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Sherman Alexie writes mainly about Native American life, about despair, poverty, alcoholism, crime, drugs, self abuse, irony, and a the "struggle to survive" agains white Americans.

Some of his writings include: The Business of Fancy Dancing, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven, Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, War Dances, Film Smoke Signals, and The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian

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  • National Book Award for Young People's Literature
  • 2009 Mason Award
  • 2008 Stranger Genius Award
  • Pushcart Prize
  • PEN/Faulkner Award
  • PEN/ Malamud Award
  • PEN/Hemmingway Award
  • 3-time world heavy weight poetry slam champion
  • Four year World Poetry Bout Association Champion
  • Made it on Granta's Best of Young American Novelist list in 1996

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"Sherman Alexie." Contemporary Literature. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.

"Sherman Alexie." -Department of English-University of Idaho. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2013.

"Montana Student Fights to Keep Sherman Alexie Book on Curriculum -"Indian Country Today Media N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2013.

"'Blasphemy' Review: Loneliness and Isolation Connect Sherman Alexie's Latest Collection." The Oregonian. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2013.

" - Very Cool Person of the Month!" - Very Cool Person of the Month! N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2013.

"Sherman Alexie." : The Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2013.

"Blue Mesa Review." - A Literary Magazine » A Conversation with Sherman Alexie. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2013

Burke, Rebecca. "Sherman Alexie." American Short Stories. Ed. Julie A. Schumacher and Carol` Francis. Logan, IA: Perfection Learning Corporation, 2012. 688. Print.