“You know, people speak in poetry all the time. They just don’t realize it.” –Sherman Alexie
Who: Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr.
What: Native American writer, poet and filmaker
Where: Born and raised on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington and now lives in Seattle, WA.
Why: Sherman is an incredible storyteller, and every time I go to one of his readings at a local venue, I am reminded how many stories we each have inside of us. I appreciate how his style connects very deeply and eloquently with his upbringing and experience as a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian in a modern world.
He has a new children’s book out now, which is whimsically illustrated by California/Mexico based Yuri Morales. I love the blending of both Native storytelling and Mexican folk tradition seen on the vibrant story pages.
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More about Sherman at his website http://fallsapart.com/