Randall Silvis

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer

Mercer, PA

Author's Bio

Prize-winning and internationally acclaimed author of sixteen books of fiction and nonfiction; prize-winning and produced playwright and screenwriter

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Heart So Hungry (Lyons Press, 2005)
North of Unknown (Lyons Press, 2005)
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Destination Discovery
Discovery Channel Magazine
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Writer
Writer's Digest


The Bones' Embrace (Sourcebooks, Inc., 2018)
Two Days Gone (Sourcebooks, 2017)
Flying Fish (PS Publishing, 2012)
The Boy Who Shoots Crows (Penguin, 2011)
Hangtime (Kitsune Books, Inc., 2009)
In A Town Called Mundomuerto (Omnidawn, 2007)
Disquiet Heart (St. Martin's Press, 2002)
On Night's Shore (St. Martin's Press, 2001)
Mysticus (Wolfhawk Books, 2000)
Dead Man Falling (Carroll & Graf, 1996)
An Occasional Hell (Permanent Press, 1993)
Under the Rainbow (Permanent Press, 1993)
Excelsior (Henry Holt, 1986)
The Luckiest Man in the World (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1984)
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Pittsburgh Magazine
Prizes won: 

Drue Heinz Literature Prize;
Two National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship Awards;
Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Grant to Barbados;
Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania;
Two Pennsylvania Council On the Arts Literature Fellowship Awards;
Two Pennsylvania Council On the Arts Screenwriting Fellowship Awards;
Two Pennsylvania Council On the Arts Playwriting Fellowship Awards;
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Distinguished Alumni Award;
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Distinguished Alumni Award;
In A Town Called Mundomuerto named one of SfSite.com’s Ten Best Books of the Year;
Heart So Hungry named a Toronto Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year;
On Night’s Shore named to the New York Times Recommended Reading List;
Three-time winner of the National Playwrights Showcase Award;
Two-time winner of the Pittsburgh New Works Play Festival;
Grand Prize winner of the Screenwriting Showcase Awards;
An Occasional Hell named Finalist for the Hammett Prize and one of the five best books of the year by the International Association of Crime Writers;
Pushcart Prize Nominee;
Finalist for the Anything But Hollywood Screenwriting Award;
Finalist for the New Century Writers Screenplay Award;
Frankfurt E-Book Award nominee for Dead Man Falling;
Finalist for the Beverly Hills Theater Guild/Julie Harris Playwright Award;
Ruby Lloyd Apsey Playwriting Award from the University of Alabama at Birmingham;
MacDowell Artists Colony Fellowship

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Last update: Aug 21, 2016