Alexie was born on October 7, 1966. He was born with hydrocephalus, which is a life-threatening condition marked by an abnormally large amount of cerebrospinal fluid in the cranial cavity
When Alexie was 6 months old doctors operated on his brain in order to help his condition. The doctors didn't expect him to survive; if by chance he did, they predicted he would be severally handicapped mentally from the procedure.
Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, WA on a Spokane Indian reservation. He lived with his alcoholic father, his mother, and 5 other brothers and sisters
Alexie made the choice to attend a predominately white high school in Reardan, which was 30 miles away from Spokane
Sherman Alexie also battled with alcoholism. He realized the destructive path he was heading towards and decided to reenroll in school, this time at Washington State University
Alexie is known for his poetry and novels. He has also written a screenplay (Smoke Signals), which was the first film to be written, starred, and produced entirely by Native Americans.
Click here to read Alexie's account about attending an all white school
If you would like to read more about Sherman Alexie's struggle with alcoholism, click here
Other Works By Alexie:
Novels: - Reservation Blues - The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven - Indian Killer - Flight - War Dances
Short Stories: - Ten Little Indians - The Toughest Indian - What you Pawn I will Redeem - Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories - Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Woodstock"