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indian killer Sherman Alexie bio

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SHERMAN ALEXIE BIO Sherman Alexie Jr. was born on October 7, 1966. He grew up on a Spokane Indian reservation in Wellpinit, Washington, with his father, a Coeur d’Alene Indian, and his mother, a Spokane Indian. His father held many different jobs during Alexie’s childhood and his mother was a social worker. Alexie was born hydrocephalic and had to undergo a brain operation that was expected to either kill him or give him serious mental retardation. It did neither, although it did leave him with severe physical problems, such as uncontrollable bed-wetting and seizures. In spite of his condition, Alexie learned to read when he was three years old. By the time he was five, he had read novels like The Grapes Of Wrath . However, Alexie was often the object of ridicule on his reservation because of his physical problems and his overall introverted attitude.
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Unformatted text preview: As a teenager, Alexie decided to leave and attend a high school off the reservation in Reardan, Washington. At Reardan, he excelled both in academics and in basketball where he was the star player. After he graduated from Reardan with honors, he went to Gonzaga University in Spokane on a scholarship. Two years later, he transferred to Washington State University. While at WSU, Alexie discovered a poetry workshop taught by Alex Kuo in which he excelled. It was then that he realized he had found what he wanted to have as his career. Alexie graduated from WSU with a B.A. in American Studies. Shortly after that, he received poetry fellowships from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Later in his career, Alexie also received the Hemmingway Foundation/PEN Award and a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award....
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