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Sponsored by AICE as part of NEO’s Presidential Lecture Series

The faculty, staff and students of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO), and The American Indian Center for Excellence (AICE), announce a visit from award – winning Native American writer, poet and filmmaker Sherman Alexie as part of the 2014 Presidential Lecture Series. Alexie will present “Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World” on the evening of Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Calcagno Ballroom of the NEO Student Union.

As a bestselling author Alexie has been recognized with the Booklist’s Editors’ Choice Award for Fiction, a New York Times Notable Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, honoring excellence in the art of storytelling and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year award.  His semi-autobiographical work, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.  His 24th book, “What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned,” a collection of poems, was released in Nov. 2013.

Alexie also wrote and produced the film, “Smoke Signals,” based on his book, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” which won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. He is currently working on a sequel entitled “Fire with Fire.” In conjunction with Alexie’s visit to NEO A&M College there will be a screening of “Smoke Signals” at the Coleman Theatre on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. sponsored by the Miami Arts and Humanities Council. Admission to the movie will be free and is open to the public.

As a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene tribal member and graduate of Washington State University, Alexie has been honored for recognizing the importance of using his Native American voice to speak to a broad audience with tales of contemporary American Indian life. Intended for mature audiences, Alexie’s storytelling is uncompromising in its honest examination of the complexities of modern life and laced with razor-sharp humor, unsettling candor and biting wit.

“Having Sherman Alexie share his talent and passion for storytelling at NEO is a once in a lifetime opportunity” said Claudia Little Axe, director of AICE. “We are so proud to be able to invite everyone to be part of this exciting evening with one of our nation’s premier story-tellers. We would love to have members of the community, as well as other regional college students and high school students attend.”

Admission to this event is free, however seating is limited. To reserve tickets call the NEO Special Events Hotline at 918-540-6960 or email: specialevents@neo.edu. Please specify the number of tickets needed and the name of someone in your party.


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