Sherman Alexie

BY NewsHour Poetry Series  October 22, 2009 at 11:11 PM EDT

Sherman Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian born on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Wash.

His books of poetry include “Face” (2009); “One Stick Song” (2000); “The Man Who Loves Salmon” (1998); “The Summer of Black Widows” (1996); “Water Flowing Home” (1995); “Old Shirts & New Skins” (1993); “First Indian on the Moon” (1993); “I Would Steal Horses” (1992); and “The Business of Fancydancing” (1992).

He is also the author of several novels and collections of short fiction, including “War Dances” (2009); “Flight” (2007); “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (2007), which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; “Ten Little Indians” (2003); “The Toughest Indian in the World” (2000); “Indian Killer” (1996); “Reservation Blues” (1994), which won the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award; and “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” (1993), which received a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.

Alexie also co-wrote with Chris Eyre the screenplay for the movie “Smoke Signals,” which was based on Alexie’s short story, “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona.” The movie won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998 and was released internationally by Miramax Films.

You can learn more about Alexie at his Web site, www.fallsapart.com.

Transcript: Sherman Alexie: American Storyteller

Hear more from Sherman Alexie in the extended interview.

Sherman Alexie reads his poetry in these web exclusives.





Extended Interview: Sherman Alexie on What Inspires His Poetry

BY NewsHour Poetry Series  October 22, 2009 at 11:11 PM EDT

Sherman Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian born on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Wash.

His books of poetry include “Face” (2009); “One Stick Song” (2000); “The Man Who Loves Salmon” (1998); “The Summer of Black Widows” (1996); “Water Flowing Home” (1995); “Old Shirts & New Skins” (1993); “First Indian on the Moon” (1993); “I Would Steal Horses” (1992); and “The Business of Fancydancing” (1992).

He is also the author of several novels and collections of short fiction, including “War Dances” (2009); “Flight” (2007); “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (2007), which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; “Ten Little Indians” (2003); “The Toughest Indian in the World” (2000); “Indian Killer” (1996); “Reservation Blues” (1994), which won the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award; and “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” (1993), which received a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.

Alexie also co-wrote with Chris Eyre the screenplay for the movie “Smoke Signals,” which was based on Alexie’s short story, “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona.” The movie won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998 and was released internationally by Miramax Films.

You can learn more about Alexie at his Web site, www.fallsapart.com.

Transcript: Sherman Alexie: American Storyteller

Hear more from Sherman Alexie in the extended interview.

Sherman Alexie reads his poetry in these web exclusives.