Sherman Alexie to read at IAIA Writers Festival

Jul 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Kim Baca

Award-winning author, Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene), will host a scholarship fundraiser on August 2 to benefit the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM) new MFA creative writing program. The fundraiser is part of the IAIA Writers Festival, a week of free campus readings by other award-winning authors and instructors from the MFA program.

Author of 20 books, Alexie is also a performer, screenwriter and filmmaker. He is the winner of a National Endowment for the Arts’ fellowship in poetry, the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Award, PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the American Book Award. He was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction and named as one of the “20 Writers for the 21st Century,” by The New Yorker.

As part of this inaugural class’s first week of studies, the MFA students, faculty, and other distinguished authors, including N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), will read their work during the IAIA Writers Festival. Members of Joy Harjo’s group, The 1941s, will also perform. The free readings will take place on the IAIA campus July 28-August 3. The Sherman Alexie fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. on August 2 in the IAIA Auditorium. Tickets cost $50 and may be purchased through

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