Sherman Alexie is an award-winning poet, short story writer, novelist and performer. He is a recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
Mr. Alexie has published 24 works, including What I've Stolen, What I've Earned (Hanging Loose Press); Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories (Grove Press); and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). The 20th anniversary edition of his classic book of stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, was released in 2013. In addition,Smoke Signals, a movie he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.
Mr. Alexie and his wife, Diane Tomhave, are both enrolled members of American Indian tribes. Sherman was raised on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA. Diane is enrolled at Ft. Berthold, North Dakota. She lived on various mid-western reservations until middle school when her family moved to Southern California. They now reside in Seattle, WA with their two sons, Joseph and David. When asked about their connection to Boyer Children’s Clinic, Mr. Alexie has said: “When we needed additional support for our son, Joseph, Boyer was always there for us. The therapists and staff will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we are pleased to continue our relationship with Boyer as community supporters and as the 2014 Auction Chairs.”