Faculty, students, and staff will be excited to welcome Sherman Alexie back to AES for the coming academic year and beyond. He was a senior artist in residence from December 2003 through June 2013. An iconic writer and poet on the Native American experience, Alexie is the author of 24 books including novels, collections of short fiction, and works of poetry. Classic titles are The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Reservation Blues, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. He also wrote and co-produced the movie Smoke Signals, which won the audience award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.
Among his other numerous honors and awards are a PEN/Hemingway, PEN/Faulkner, and PEN/Malamud awards, a National Book Award for Young People’s literature, a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship, and four-time champion of the World Poetry Bout Association poetry slams. As a 2008 guest on The Colbert Report, he more than matched wits with Stephen Colbert, a “won that bout.”
Born on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Alexie decided at a young age that education was paramount. He attended Gonzaga University and earned a BA in American studies at Washington State University, and now lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons.