[2015] George Paul (Native American LA): Sherman Alexie

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[2015] George Paul (Native American LA): Sherman Alexie

Who, What, Where, When. Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He has been an urban Indian since 1994 and lives in Seattle with his family. He spent two years at Gonzaga University before transferring to Washington. He went to Washington State University in 1987 and began writing poetry and short fiction. The same year he graduated he published The Business of Fancydancing, a book of poetry that led New York Times Book Review to call him “one of the major lyric voices of our time”. Sherman is well known for injecting humor, sometimes very dark humor, into tales that might otherwise be unrelievedly bleak. The humor into his books sometimes surprise first time readers of Sherman Alexie. The humor in Alexie’s writing reflects its roles in the lives of contemporary Native Americans. He was born hydrocephalic and underwent an operation at six months. He survived the brain surgery as an infant. He was not expected to survive.

Sherman Alexie

Books he wrote

Intro: Sherman AlexieGeorge Paul

Native American Poet

Sherman Alexie is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway/Citation for the Best First Fiction, and National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Sherman is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. He published 24 books. He also recently published the 20th Anniversary edition of his classic book of stories.

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