Roy Parvin

Writer • Cyclist • Sleeper



Roy Parvin is the award-winning author of two books of fiction, The Loneliest Road in America and In the Snow Forest. His work has been selected for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories series and has been widely anthologized. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Bread Loaf Fellowship. The New York Times named The Loneliest Road in America an editor's choice book, and Roy is the recipient of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize. 

     Roy's novella, “Menno’s Granddaughter,” was the made into a feature film, Voyez Comme Ils Dansent (See How They Dance), directed by Claude Miller, winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Rome Film Festival.

     Roy also writes under the nom de namaste of Yoga Matt, and has a book coming in the Fall of 2019, Yoga for the Inflexible Male from Ten Speed/Penguin Random House. 

     When he’s not writing, Roy (and Yoga Matt) can be found on his bicycle, along the roads of Sonoma County.

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and Other Work

In the Snow Forest

In the Snow Forest: Three Novellas

Three novellas, each story with a different snowstorm.  Somehow the idea of using an atmospheric event, such as a blizzard, as a plot element appealed to me.  It gets everybody nicely in the room at the same time for dramatic purposes.  Nominated for a Pushcart Award. “Menno’s Granddaughter” was turned into a film by the great French film directeur, Claude Miller.

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The Loneliest Road in America

The Loneliest Road in America

I took the creaky old writing saw to heart:  Write what you know.  My first collection was based in Trinity County, California where I owned a wilderness cabin on an old patented gold mine.  The story “Ice the Color of Sky” won  the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in fiction, which won Janet and me an all-expense paid trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

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Recent Work

Mission at Tenth, "Last Supper"

"Last Supper" In Mission at Tenth


A story of mine, “Last Supper,” is in Vol. 7.   The story’s based on actual facts, for once—French cycling great Jacques Anquetil—and is from a collection of cycling-related stories called

Bicycle Shorts.  Very cool magazine.  Reminds me of the old TriQuarterlies when I lived in NYC.  Would get them at Brentano's, when bookstores were bookstores.  


Beyond the Golden Gate

Beyond the Golden Gate


Not my usual fare.  But I did get a green ’53 Chevy 3100 pickup from the deal.

Voyez Commes Ils Dansent

Voyez Comme ils Dansent


Won the 2011 Grand Jury Prize at the Rome International Film Festival, before it had a chance to open in the US.  Out on video, for French speakers.  I have the only copy with English subtitles.  If you’re in Europe, it’s all over the tube on cable.  I get crazy royalty checks for it all the time.  Made more from that story that I wrote in thirty days than all my other books put together and then squared. 


I began this as an adjunct to the book I’m currently writing, My Year of Sleeping Dangerously: A Memoir.  Keeping with the theme of the book I was going to call the blog For Insomniacs and Other Wakers of the Night.  But I didn’t, operating under the suspicion it will widen past that to include thoughts about music, cycling, dogs, and various random ephemera.


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