Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profiles. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous men alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to author, poet, screenwriter, and filmmaker, Sherman Alexie.
Mr. Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He has published 26 books including his soon to be released memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, his first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr, and young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, all from Little, Brown Books; What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned, a book of poetry, from Hanging Loose Press; and Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, from Grove Press. He is the winner of fifteen American Book Awards, 2007 U.S. National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Odyssey Award, PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He’s a guest editor for Best American Poetry. He is the winner of the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the recipient of Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at Sundance Film Festival.
Here is Sherman Alexie in his own words as he reflects on Trump and the 2016 Election:
“I wasn’t shocked and I’m still not shocked. It’s total exploitation, with everything up for grabs. Health care, gone. Destroy the environment in search of more profit. State-sponsored violence. Targeted incarceration. You know what’s happening, though: The whole country is becoming a reservation.”
Today we honor Sherman Alexie has our Evolved Man of the Week.