Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Anca L. Szilágyi's fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Electric Literature, Kirkus, and on the Ploughshares blog. Anca is the author of the fiction chapbook "I Loved You in New York" (alice blue books, 2015). She was awarded an inaugural 'Made at Hugo House' Fellowship for her short story collection More Like Home Than Home. Her novel-in-progress, Paralegal, was awarded a 2014 4Culture Art Project grant and a 2015 Jack Straw Fellowship. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Currently, she co-organizes The Furnace Reading Series at Hollow Earth Radio and teaches creative writing at Richard Hugo House. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the "fresh new faces in Seattle fiction."

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From the Artist

I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the inaugural Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. It is so heartening to be told that my fiction has touched others and to be recognized for my vision of the myriad ways a story can be told. This award will allow me to travel to the Netherlands to do necessary research for my third novel: travel I was uncertain could happen anytime soon. More importantly, the encouragement that comes with this honor is priceless—encouragement to persevere and trust myself to continue to take risks and to have the courage to tell stories as I see them. I feel so lucky to live in a community that supports the arts and to be in the company of so many excellent writers. My deepest thanks to Gar LaSalle for his incredible generosity and support, to the panelists Aaron Counts, Angela Fountas, and Samuel Ligon for moving my work forward, and to Artist Trust for all the work that they do for artists in Washington State.

Thank you for creating this new door. Thank you for opening it.

Anca L.Szilágyi