Novelist Sherman Alexie Gives Two Public Events at Emory University

Sherman Alexie

March 7, 2016

The Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts presents acclaimed novelist and poet Sherman Alexie for two free, public events at Emory University on April 4 and 5, 2016.

A poet, novelist, and filmmaker, Alexie combines razor-sharp wit with compelling storytelling.  His books include Reservation BluesIndian Killer, and The Toughest Indian in the World, and his National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was named the best Young Adult Book of all time by Time Magazine.

On Monday, April 4, Alexie delivers a lecture titled “The Business of Fancydancing: Poems, Stories, Punchlines and Highly Biased Anecdotes” at 8 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. Alexie will reflect on his journey from his childhood on the Spokane Indian reservation to becoming one of the best selling and most beloved writers in American literature.

On Tuesday, April 5, Alexie gives a public reading from his works at 6:30 p.m. in the Reception Hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Alexie will be introduced by Jericho Brown, a member of the Emory Creative Writing Program faculty whose poetry was selected by Alexie for the 2015 edition of Best American Poetry. This event will be followed by a book signing.

"Sherman Alexie is one of the most vibrant and influential writers in America today.  In both poetry and prose, his writing is fierce, funny, and provocative.  With these two events, people will have the chance to hear directly from an author who has made a remarkable journey—and who is still evolving as a remarkable artist," says Michael Elliot, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in English and American Studies at Emory.

These events are made possible through the support of the Hightower Fund, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the Emory Creative Writing Program, and the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference.

Seating is limited and registration is required for both events. Register online at