Sherman Alexie Tickets
Sherman Alexie’s Lecture
This speaking presentation is all about discussing struggles and issues of the Native American community. While performing excerpts and sections from his semi-autobiographical novels, short stories and poetry collections, Alexie dives deep into his love for his people, his community and traditions.
Dramatizing his newest lecture, Security, Sovereignty, Selfishness: How to be a 21st Century American Nomad, you can see Alexie in his home state of Washington. This event concludes with a book signing and photo opportunities.
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Born in 1966, Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. is an award-winning poet, writer, filmmaker and speaker. Having grown up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Spokane, Washington, his writing and filmmaking draw on his Native American heritage, his ancestry from several contributing tribes and his time as a boy on the reservation.
Alexie’s childhood and writings consist of a relationship with his alcoholic father, a cranial condition called hydrocephalus – where cerebral fluid builds up in the brain – and years of bullying from classmates. Due to his ongoing health issues, his community barred him from participating in rites of passage and activities that Indian men are honored to be a part of.
However, despite the negative attention he got as a child, he finished high school and continued his education off the reservation at the Roman Catholic Gonzaga University in Spokane. Originally hoping to be a doctor, he soon realized that the pre-med program was not for him. After transferring from Gonzaga to Washington State, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1995.
Works of Sherman Alexie
With a plethora of literary works, Alexie not only has an extensive list of personal achievements but has also been featured in cumulative anthologies such as The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize.
His first two collections of poetry entitled I would Steal Horses and The Business of Fancydancing were very well-received with critical praise. His dark, depressed and humorous take on poverty, racism and the struggles of Native Americans won him a Washington State Arts Commission and a National Endowment Poetry Fellowship. Other poetry collections include Old Shirts and New Skins, The Man Who Loves Salmon and Water Flowing Home.
He’s also had many short stories published, such as The Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Ten Little Indians and War Dances, which won him a 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Novels include Reservation Blues, Indian Killer and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
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