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Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr.

Current Location:: Seattle, King County, Washington, United States
Birthplace: Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Sherman Joseph Alexie, Sr. and Lillian Agnes Alexie (Cox)
Husband of Private
Father of Private and Private
Brother of Mary McCoy; Private; Private; Private and Private

Occupation: Author, screenwriter, filmmaker, activist
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is an American poet, writer, and filmmaker. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American with ancestry from several tribes. He grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and is a member of the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene nations.

One of his best-known books is The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), a collection of short stories. It was adapted as the film Smoke Signals (1998), for which he also wrote the screenplay.

His first novel Reservation Blues received one of the fifteen 1996 American Book Awards. His first young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007), is a semi-autobiographical novel that won the 2007 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the Odyssey Award as best 2008 audiobook for young people. His 2009 collection of short stories and poems, War Dances, won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Alexie lived as a child on the Spokane Indian Reservation, located west of Spokane. His father, Sherman Joseph Alexie, was a member of the Coeur d'Alene tribe, and his mother, Lillian Agnes Cox, was of Colville, Choctaw, Spokane and European American ancestry. One of his paternal great-grandfathers was of Russian descent.

Alexie was born with hydrocephalus, a condition that occurs when there is an abnormally large amount of cerebral fluid in the cranial cavity.[10] He had to have brain surgery when he was six months old, and was at high risk of death or mental disabilities if he survived. Alexie's surgery was successful; he suffered no mental damage but had other side effects.

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October 7, 1966
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States