Sherman Alexie is a poet, author, filmmaker, comedian, and avid basketball player. Born and raised on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington, Alexie writes on themes of poverty, alcoholism, and hardship among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest with insight and humor. He is the author of twenty-two books, including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; War Dances; and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Alexie is also the author and co-producer of the widely acclaimed film, Smoke Signals, which won the Audience Award and Filmmakers’ Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. His new book, Blasphemy, is a collection of short stories that includes some of his most well known tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” as well as 15 previously unpublished pieces. Alexie is a board member at Longhouse Media, a non-profit committed to teaching filmmaking to Native American Youth. He has long been a dedicated advocate of programs and initiatives focused on helping at-risk Native American youth.
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