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Q&A with the poet as Alexie to speak with students (and you) at the Egyptian

image003 (3)What happens when you hold up a sign in the middle of a Sherman Alexie appearance asking the writer to visit your school? He says OK.

Last fall, the College Activities Board went on a group outing to listen to Sherman Alexie talk about his new book (Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories) at the University Bookstore. CAB board member, Erik Rios, had developed a cordial relationship in the past with the poet striking up conversations with him while working at a nearby movie theater. During the Q&A portion, Erik held up a sign asking the poet to come speak to us at Seattle Central until Alexie acknowledged the sign and agreed to come. Untraditional tactics aside, there was more work to be done to confirm one of our town’s treasures and this is why we are so very proud to announce this event!


Sherman Alexie is a poet, author, and filmmaker who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The author of, more recently, War Dances and Face. He is the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, 2008 Odyssey Award, 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, 2001 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and a Special Citation for the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction.  Smoke Signals, the film he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.  He was also well featured in the Sonicsgate documentary. Sherman will be discussing his literary works, his personal life, and the importance of National Poetry Month.

The event is free and organized by Seattle Central’s Creative Arts Series, a sub-committee of the College Activities Board (CAB) and co-sponsored by the SCCC American Indian Student Association (AISA).

Wednesday, April 24th
Doors open at 10:30AM

Sherman will begin with a lecture at 11:00AM, followed by a Q&A from the campus community (Event will end at 1:00PM)

Egyptian Movie Theater (805 E. Pine)


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