Sherman Alexie on Native American Authors

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Sherman Alexie, 1966 –


Coeur d’Alene

Sherman Alexie was born in 1966 on the Spokane Indian Reservation, in Wellpinit, Washington State. He has garnered high praise for novels, poems and short stories that illuminate contemporary Native American reservation life.

Awards and Honors

American Book Award, 1996
Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year (Film) Award, 1999 (for Smoke Signals)


Online resources by or about Sherman Alexie:

Alexie wins poetry title in split decision
Author: The Associated Press
Type: authorbio
Description: A 6/16/98 AP wire article on Alexie’s winning of the annual World Championship Poetry Bout title.

URL: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/entertainment/html98/altsher_061698.html

Artist: Sherman Alexie
Author: Canku Ota
Type: authorbio
Description: An article about Alexie from the 6/17/00 issue of Canku Ota – A Newsletter Celebrating Native America.

URL: http://www.turtletrack.org/Issues00/Co06172000/CO_06172000_Alexie.htm

The Farm by Sherman Alexie
Author: Sherman Alexie
Type: etext
Description: Poem written by Alexie and published in the March 1997 issue of The Raven Chronicles.

URL: http://www.speakeasy.org/ravenchronicles/raven/rvback/issues/0397/Alexie.htm

Juliette Torrez Goes Long Distance with Sherman Alexie
Author: Juliette Torrez
Type: authorbio
Description: Interview with Alexie from the “(Sic) Vice & Verse” newspaper, dated 8/31/99.

URL: http://poetry.about.com/arts/poetry/library/weekly/aa083199.htm

Modern American Poetry: Sherman Alexie
Author: Robert M. Luscher
Type: authorbio
Description: Site is divided into sections such as: General Commentary by Sherman Alexie, Reviews of Poetry Collections, Bibliography, andExternal Links.

URL: http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/alexie/alexie.htm

The Official Sherman Alexie Site
Author: Sherman J. Alexie
Type: authorbio
Description: This site includes a biography, articles, photos and many other resources on Alexie and his works.

URL: http://fallsapart.com/

Oregon Live: Frontlist — Four writers sitting around talking
Author: Don Campbell and Daisy Dailey
Type: authorbio
Description: Excerpts from an early 1998 discussion between Sherman Alexie, Gish Jen, Cristina Garcia and David Foster Wallace at the Portland Arts and Lectures.

URL: http://www.oregonlive.com/books/feb98/BK980204FL1.html

A Reservation Table of the Elements
Author: National Endowment for the Arts; Webmaster David Low
Type: bookreview
Description: Excerpt from First Indian on the Moon entitled “A Reservation Table of the Elements” by Sherman Alexie, in the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Art.Community Writer’s Corner.” Includes small b&w photograph of the author.

URL: http://www.arts.endow.gov/explore/Writers/Reservation.html

Sending Cinematic Smoke Signals: An Interview with Sherman Alexie
Author: Dennis West and Joan M. West
Type: authorbio
Description: Text of interview originally published in Cineaste v23, n4 (Fall, 1998).

URL: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/alexie.html

Sherman Alexie: Lecture Announcement, October 23, 1996
Author: Maricopa Community College; webmaster Marla Dinchak
Type: authorbio
Description: Introduction of Sherman Alexie’s lecture of October 23, 1996, “Killing Indians: Myths, Lies, and Exaggerations in
the Arts and Other Places,” as part of the Honors Forum Lecture Series at Maricopa Community College. Includes biographical material and book titles, small black and white photo.

URL: http://www.gc.maricopa.edu/Honors/alexie.html

This Is What it Means… A Conversation with “Smoke Signals” writer Sherman Alexie
Author: Mike Jones
Type: authorbio
Description: An indieWire.com inteview with the author. Includes a photo.

URL: http://www.indiewire.com/film/interviews/int_Alexie_Sherman_980116.html

A View from the Couch: Talking with Sherman Alexie
Author: Sharon McRill
Type: authorbio
Description: A 1999 Borders Online interview with Alexie.

URL: http://go.borders.com/features/skmv99018.xcv

Without Reservations: a conversation with Sherman Alexie
Author: Salon Magazine
Type: authorbio
Description: Contains the text of a 1998 interview with Alexie in connection with his movie Smoke Signals.

URL: http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/int/1998/07/02int.html

Books by Sherman Alexie:

Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Little, Brown Young Readers, 2007.
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
Audience: Youth
ISBN: 0316013684

Alexie, Sherman. The business of fancy dancing : stories and poems
New York : Hanging Loose Press, 1992 .
Genre: Short Stories
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0914610007 (pbk.) / 0914610244 (hc.)

Alexie, Sherman. First Indian on the Moon
Brooklyn : Hanging Loose Press, 1993.
Genre: Fiction

Alexie, Sherman. Indian Killer
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1996.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 087113652X

Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1993.
Genre: Short Stories
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0871135485

Alexie, Sherman. The man who loves salmon
Boise, Idaho : Limberlost Press, 1998.
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 0931659396

Alexie, Sherman. Old shirts and new skins
Los Angeles : American Indian Studies Center, 1993.
Genre: Poetry

Alexie, Sherman. One stick song
Brooklyn : Hanging Loose Press, 2000.
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 1882413768

Alexie, Sherman. Reservation blues
New York : Grove/Atlantic, 1995.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0871135949

Alexie, Sherman. Smoke signals
New York : Hyperion, 1998.
ISBN: 0786883928

Alexie, Sherman. The Summer of Black Widows
Brooklyn, NY : Hanging Loose Press, 1996.
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 1882413342

Alexie, Sherman. The toughest Indian in the world : stories
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000.
Genre: Short Stories
ISBN: 0871138018

Alexie, Sherman. Water flowing home
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1996.
Audience: Adult

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