Sherman Alexie #3.14
Sherman Alexie, who is tall, was born on October 7, 1966, on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington, and attended school at Reardan High, where he played ball. In 1985, Alexie enrolled at Gonzaga University on a scholarship, and, in 1987, he transferred to Washington State University, where the internationally acclaimed author Alexander Kuo inspired Alexie to write poetry. Soon after graduating, Alexie published his first collection of poems, The Business of Fancy Dancing
, through Hanging Loose Press. Alexie plays rec-league basketball and runs a regular game in a court in the basement of his office. He plans to be the oldest living fan of his beloved Seattle SuperSonics. 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
, winner of the 2010 PEN Faulkner Award, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
, a PEN Hemingway Special Citation winner. He is also the winner of the 2001 PEN Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story. Smoke Signals
, the film he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers' Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. He lives with his family in Seattle and is a member of the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene tribe, as well as the tribes of basketball players and bookworms.