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House, Silas

House, Silas

Berea, KY

Where to Buy

Works by Silas House can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY; Berea College Book Store, Berea; Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington;  Poor Richard's Books, Frankfort, KY, and other bookstores.


NOVELS: Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo, Eli the Good, Same Sun Here (co-authored); PLAY: The Hurting Part; NON-FICTION: Something’s Rising (co-authored with Jason Howard).
Silas House is the author of novels, plays, and non-fiction.  His writing has also appeared in journals, including the Oxford American, Newsday, Bayou, the Louisville Review and others. House writes about his native ground - rooted in the environment of Appalachia. House was the featured author in the Spring 2004 issue of “Appalachian Heritage” published by Berea College. House serves as the NEH Chair of Appalachian LIterature at Berea College and on the fiction faculty at Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program.  House is a former commentator for NPR's All Things Considered and 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 Nashville’s 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 the winner of the E. B. White Award, the Audie Award (best narration), the Nautilus Award, 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, recipient of the Lee Smith Award, the Hobson Medal for Literature, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Chaffin Prize for Literature, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, The Parents' Choice Award, and many other honors.For his environmental activism House received the Helen Lewis Community Service Award in 2008 from the Appalachian Studies Association.  In 2010 he was awarded the Intellectual Freedom Award from the Kentucky Council of English Teachers.