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Sherman Alexie

Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian born and raised in the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. His father held various jobs, including truck driver and logger and his mother was a social worker. Alexie was born hydrocephalic and underwent a brain operation at the age of 6 months, but was not expected to survive. When he did ... See full bio »
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 2013 Jimmy P. (verses from poem "Tribal Ceremony")
 2003 49? (Documentary short) (writer)
 2002 The Business of Fancydancing (written by)
 1998 Smoke Signals (book "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven") / (screenplay)
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 2013 Winter in the Blood (associate producer)
 2006 Gesture Down/I Don't Sing (Short) (producer)
 1998 Smoke Signals (co-producer)
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 2006 Wanderlust (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "John Wayne's Teeth")
 1998 Smoke Signals (lyrics: "Treaties" (1995), "John Wayne's Teeth", "Reservation Blues" (1995), "Father and Farther" (1995), "A Million Miles Away")
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 2014 Página 2 (TV Series)
- Episode #7.22 (2014) ... Himself
 2013 Moyers & Company (TV Series)
- Living Outside Tribal Lines (2013) ... Himself
 2009 Sonicsgate (Documentary)
Himself - Writer
 2008 The Colbert Report (TV Series)
- Sherman Alexie (2008) ... Himself
 2007 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (TV Series)
- Episode #4.138 (2007) ... Himself
 2007 Tavis Smiley (TV Series)
- Episode dated 27 April 2007 (2007) ... Himself
 2001 One World (Documentary)

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Other Works:

Book: "Seven Mourning Songs for the Cedar Flute I Have Yet to Learn to Play" See more »

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6' 2" (1.88 m)

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I don't believe in magic, but I do believe in interpreting coincidence exactly the way you want. I woke up after a tremendous bender, and the acceptance for my first book of poems was in the mailbox. For me, it was a call to get sober. See more »


His short story, The Toughest Indian in the World, appeared in The New Yorker Magazine's "The Future of American Fiction" issue (June 21 & 28, 1999) See more »

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