Geographic Connection to Pennsylvania: Sandy Hollow, Clarion County
Randall Silvis, novelist and short story writer, was born in Sandy Hollow in 1950.
Randall Silvis was born in Sandy Hollow, Pennsylvania in 1950. After graduating from Clarion University, he became a writer-in-residence at a few universities and then became an English professor. His first book was published in 1984 and his work has been widely acknowledged. At the time of this writing, he lives in Pennsylvania.
Randall Silvis was born in Sandy Hollow, Pennsylvania, on July 15, 1950. His parents were Melvin Lloyd Silvis, a steelworker, and June Iola Silvis. On September 25, 1982, he married Rita Lynn McCanna, with whom he has two sons.
Silvis attended Clarion University, where he earned his BS in 1973. In 1976, he earned a MEd from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was writer-in-residence at Ohio State University in 1989 and at Mercyhurst College in 1989-1990. He has been a professor of English at Clarion University and was a part-time faculty member of the graduate writing program at Seton Hill College. His first book, The Luckiest Man in the World, was published in 1984.
Silvis’ work consists of novels, plays, essays, and short stories and he has been the recipient of many awards for his work. He was a creative writing fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts in 1983 and 1988. In 1984, he won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for The Luckiest Man in the World (1984). He won the National Playwrights Showcase Award, in 1984, 1985, and 1988. He also was awarded a senior scholar research grant from the Fulbright Foundation, in 1988.
At the time of this writing, Silvis lives in Pennsylvania. He is still writing and publishing.
Excelsior. New York: H. Holt, 1988.
The Luckiest Man in the World. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1984.
Mysticus. Huntington Beach, CA: Wolfhawk Books, 1999.
On Night’s Shore. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2001.
Disquiet Heart. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2002.
Doubly Dead. New York: Leisure Books, 2002.
Heart So Hungry: The Extraordinary Expedition of Mina Hubbard Into the Labrador Wilderness. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2004.
In a Town Called Mundomuerto. Richmond: Omnidawn Books, 2007.
Hangtime, A Confession. Crawfordville: Kitsune Books, 2009.
The Boy Who Shoots Crows. New York:Penguin, 2011.
Flying Fish. Hornsea: PS Publishing, 2012.
Two Days Gone. Naperville: Sourcebooks, 2017.
Driven to Acts of Kindness. Rimersburg, PA: 1986.
“Randall Silvis.&rdquo The Gale Literary Database: Contemporary Authors Online. 2002. 5 July 2001. <http://www.galenet.com>.