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Author and Poet Sherman Alexie to Visit UW

September 25, 2013
Sherman Alexie

Award-winning author and poet Sherman Alexie will lecture and sign books Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Alexie, who will be on campus Oct. 15-17, won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature with his 2007 work, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

His most recent book, “Blasphemy,” an anthology of new and old stories, was published in 2012. Alexie, who wrote and produced the acclaimed 1998 film “Smoke Signals,” is the only poet to have won the World Heavyweight Poetry Bout four consecutive years.

The New York Times describes him as “one of the major lyric voices of our time,” and Men’s Journal says he is “the world’s first fast-talking and wisecracking mediagenic American-Indian superstar.”

During his UW visit, Alexie will spend time with members of United National Indian Tribal Youth from the Wind River Indian Reservation, and will visit American Indian Studies classes.

Alexie’s visit is part of UW American Indian Studies’ programming through the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowment. Created in 2006 by the Wyoming State Legislature, the endowment brings distinguished scholars and educators to Wyoming. The legislation directed UW to strengthen instruction and research in disciplines related to economic and social challenges facing Wyoming.

For more information about Alexie’s visit, call the UW American Indian Studies office at (307) 766-6521.

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