Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. (born October 7, 1966) is a poet, writer, and filmmaker. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington. Some of his best known works are The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), a book of short stories, Diary of a Part-time Indian and Smoke Signals (1998). His first novel, Reservation Blues, received one of the fifteen 1996 American Book Awards.