Julian Silva


I was born in San Lorenzo, CA, (fictionalized in my novel as San Oriel) in 1927 of Portuguese-American parents. All of my grandparents and one great-grandmother were born in the Bay Area, their ancestors in the Azores. My father taught history at St. Mary’s College for twelve years, then moved for the remainder of his professional life, to San Francisco City College. I attended San Lorenzo Grammar School (there were seven of us in my mid-year graduation class, so San Lorenzo was not exactly a teeming metropolis at the time). I then attended St. Joseph’s in Alameda, leaving in 1944 without a diploma, since I was accepted by St. Mary’s College on a scholarship without one. I attended St. Mary’s for the 1944/45 academic year and in May of 1945, enlisted in the medical corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve. In January of 1947 I finished my lower division work in one semester at SFCC, moved on to USF, from which I graduated in 1949. After graduation I spent six months traveling in Europe and upon returning did a year of graduate work at U. C. Berkeley.

My first publication was a short story in Cosmopolitan Magazine, 1964, a study for one of the main characters in THE GUNNYSACK CASTLE. The University of Colorado’s WRITERS FORUM has published seven of my stories over the years, one of which, “The Minimalist” has been anthologized in HIGHER ELEVATIONS: Stories from the West, by Swallow Press, 1993. Stories have also been published in KANSAS QUARTERLY and the San Francisco Chronicle (March 3, 1985).
THE GUNNYSACK CASTLE was published by Ohio University Press in 1983 (after the original publisher in Colorado went bankrupt). DISTANT MUSIC: TWO NOVELS (The Gunnysack Castle and The Death of Mae Ramos) was published by the Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, (2007) and MOVE OVER, SCOPES AND OTHER WRITINGS, was also published by Tagus Press, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2011)

Where to buy in print


A Legendary Blanche
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,600. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A gay American teacher/writer undergoing a midlife crisis takes a sabbatical year in London where he teams up with an old friend from Anniston, Alabama, four years his junior and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, but currently acting as a London theatrical agent and undergoing her own personal crisis with considerably more cause. The book traces the various stages of their growing
Cold Comfort in a Warm Climate
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,640. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Two old friends in their sixties, one an architectural historian dying of cancer, tour Egypt with unpleasant results for all concerned.
Disconnected in Texas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,100. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
An aging writer and his dead lover’s sister meet in Texas at the invitation and expense of a mutual friend, a recent widow celebrating her newly won freedom by throwing a party for all the old friends and colleagues, artists and art historians, her husband disdained.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,310. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A encounter between a young gay American and an equally young Italian in Venice in the 1950s.

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