A Poet New to Me

A poem called The Farm, at Somena Mediahas introduced me to poet, fiction writer, essayist, and playwright, Sherman Alexie.

Sherman Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, he grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA, about 50 miles northwest of Spokane, WA. Alexie was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists and won the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize for his first novel, Reservation Blues, published in 1995 by Atlantic Monthly Press. His second novel, Indian Killer, published in 1996, also by Atlantic Monthly Press, was named one of People’s Best of Pages and a New York Times Notable Book. This book was published in paperback by Warner Books in 1998.

Alexie’s recent honors include the 2003 Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington State University’s highest honor for alumni. His work was selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2004, edited by Lorrie Moore, and Pushcart Prize XXIX of the Small Presses. His short story “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” was selected by juror Ann Patchett as her favorite story for the The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005. He holds honorary degrees from Seattle University (doctor of humanities, honoris causa – 2000) and Columbia College, Chicago (1999).

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