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Silas House to Visit BSCTC

Author Silas House will be speaking at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in the Gearheart Auditorium, Prestonsburg Campus, on March 21st from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This will be followed by a book signing and refreshments in the foyer of the Pike Building.


Author Biography

Silas House is the author of four novels: Clays Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves(2003), The Coal Tattoo (2004), Eli the Good (2009), two plays, The Hurting Part (2005) and Long Time Travelling (2009), and Somethings Rising (2009), a creative nonfiction book about social protest co-authored with Jason Howard. House was selected to edit the posthumous manuscript of acclaimed writer James Still, Chinaberry, which will be published in Spring 2011. Houses young adult novel, Same Sun Here, co-written withNeela Vaswani, will be published by Candlewick Books in early 2012.

House serves as the NEH Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College and on the fiction faculty at Spalding Universitys MFA in Creative Writing program. House is a former contributing editor for No Depression magazine, where he has done long features on such artists as Lucinda Williams, Nickel Creek, and many others. He is also one of Nashvilles most in-demand press kit writers, having written the press kit bios for such artists as Kris Kristofferson, Kathy Mattea, Leann Womack, and others. A former writer-in-residence at Lincoln Memorial University, he is the creator of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.

House is a two-time finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Novel of the Year, the Appalachian Writer of the Year, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Chaffin Prize for Literature, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and many other honors. In 2009 the Silas House Literary Seminar was given at Emory and Henry College. For his environmental activism House received the Helen Lewis Community Lewis Award in 2008 from the Appalachian Studies Association. In 2010 he was awarded the Intellectual Freedom Award from the Kentucky Council of English Teachers.

Houses work can be found in Newsday, Oxford American, Bayou, The Southeast Review,The Louisville Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Wind, Night Train, and others, as well as in the anthologies The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume 3, New Stories From the South 2004: The Years Best, Christmas in the South, A Kentucky Reader, Of Woods and Water, Motif, We All Live Downstream, Missing Mountains, A Kentucky Christmas,Shouts and Whispers, High Horse, The Alumni Grill, Stories From the Blue Moon Caf I and II, and many others.