Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d’Arlene Indian from Wellpinit, WA, a town on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Business of Fancydancing, Old Shirts and New Skins, The Summer of Black Widows, and One Stick Song. Alexie’s first collection of short stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, won several awards and was adapted into the screenplay, Smoke Signals, the first feature film produced, written, and directed by American Indians. Smoke Signals premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998, garnering both the Audience Award and the Filmmaker’s Trophy. Alexie’s first novel, Reservation Blues, won the American Book Award in 1995. His latest collection of stories, The Toughest Indian in the World, was published in May 2000 by Atlantic Monthly Press.

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