Sherman (Joseph) Alexie, (Jr.) (1966- )
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
- Born and raised on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington, about 50
miles from Spokane.
- Attended Reardan High School outside the reservation, where he was "the only
Indian. . . except for the school mascot;" graduated with honors and received a
scholarship to attend Gonzaga University.
- Attended Gonzaga University and Washington State University (B.A., 1991).
- Struggled with alcoholism for five years as a young adult, finally conquering the
problem at age 23.
- Began his writing career as a poet, producing several poetry chapbooks
including the award winning The Business of Fancydancing .
- Collaborated with Chris Eyre, a Cheyenne/Arapaho Indain, to produce the film Smoke
Signals, based on the story "This is What It Means To Say Phoenix,
Arizona," from the collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
Smoke Signals won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival.
- Named one of the Twenty Best American Novelists Under the Age of 40 by Granta
magazine, after the appearance of his first novel, Reservation Blues.
The Business of Fancydancing (poems) (1992)
I Would Steal Horses (poems) (1992)
First Indian on the Moon (poems0 (1993)
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (short stories) (1993)
Old Shirts and New Skins (poems) (1993)
Water Flowing Home (poems) (1994)
Seven Mourning Songs for the Cedar Flute I have Yet to Learn to Play (poems)
Reservation Blues (novel) (1994)
Indian Killer (novel--murder mystery) (1996)
The Summer of Black Widows (poems) (1996)
The Man Who Loved Salmon (poems) (1998)
The Toughest Indian in the World (short stories) (2000)
One Stick Song (poems) (2000)
Critical Sources and Reviews
- Biographical and critical information in the following Gale publications:
Contemporary Authors, Volume 138 and Contemporary Authors, New Revision
Series, Volume 65. Gale Literary Database (Contemporary Authors
Online) can be accessed online through a subscribing library at www.galenet.com.
(CLC volumes contain portrait.)
Alexie Home Page
The Official Sherman Alexie Site
Sherman Alexie Unofficial Fan
Poetry: Sherman Alexie
- New York Times, July 16, 1995, "Longing for Magic," by Frederick
Busch [review of Reservations Blues], available in the New York Times Books Archive.
with Alexie discussing Smoke Signals
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