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Kent State’s Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series Presents Renowned Author and Poet

Posted March 5, 2012

Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will deliver a lecture at the Kent Student Center Kiva on Wednesday, March 28, at
6 p.m. as part of Kent State’s Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series. Alexie’s presentation, “The Business of Fancydancing: Poems, Stories, Punch Lines and Highly Biased Anecdotes,” is free and open to the public.

Alexie was named one of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers for the 21st century. The New York Times Book Review described him as “one of the major lyric voices of our time.” Men’s Journal called him “the world’s first fast-talking and wisecracking mediagenic American-Indian superstar.”

Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Eastern Washington. His first novel, Reservation Blues, won Booklist’s Editor’s Choice Award for Fiction. The Toughest Indian in the World won the 2001 PEN/Malamud Award, honoring excellence in the art of storytelling. Ten Little Indians was a 2003 national bestseller and Publishers Weekly Book of the Year.

A gifted orator, Alexie tells tales of contemporary American Indian life laced with razor-sharp humor, unsettling candor and biting wit. His latest books include Flight: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which won the 2007 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature; and Face, his first full collection of poems in nine years. His 2009 collection of short stories, War Dances, was the winner of the PEN Faulkner Award.

Alexie wrote and produced the film Smoke Signals, based on his book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. In 2002, he made his directorial debut with The Business of Fancydancing.

The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series is funded by the Office of the Provost and coordinated by the Honors College. Contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312 if special accommodations for disabilities are required.