Author Sherman Alexie to speak in Stevens Point

Poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer Sherman Alexie
will give a presentation in Stevens Point next month as part of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Performing Arts Series.

Alexie will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at Sentry Insurance’s Theatre @1800, 1800 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point. The series is presented in part by Country Inn and Suites of Stevens Point and Sentry Insurance.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $6 for youth. UW-Stevens Point students with ID may buy tickets in advance for $4.50 or be admitted free the day of the show if seats remain. Tickets may be purchased through the University Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378, or at

Alexie is known for his writing of the first all-Indian film, “Smoke Signals,” which he also co-produced. It won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

He has written 24 books, including, most recently, “War Dances,” a collection of stories and poems from Grove Press, and “Face,” a book of poetry from Hanging Loose Press. He is the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and 2001 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. He received a Special Citation for the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction.

A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, he grew up in Wellpinit, Wash., on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He lives in Seattle with his family.

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