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Peter Mountford receives Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award

For Immediate Release:

For Immediate Release
December 5, 2016

Artist Trust is excited to announce that writer Peter Mountford is receiving the 2016 Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. The Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award is an unrestricted award of $10,000 given to a Washington State fiction writer whose work demonstrates excellence in storytelling. This is the second year the award has been given. Last year’s recipient was Anca Szilágyi.

Peter Mountford’s first novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in Fiction. His second novel The Dismal Science was a New York Times editor’s pick, and a finalist for the 2015 WSBA. Since earning his MFA from the University of Washington in 2006, Peter’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Southern Review, Granta, Conjunctions, Best New American Voices 2008, the New York Times Magazine, The Sun, Missouri Review, Boston Review, and elsewhere. A fellow of Bread Loaf and Yaddo, he’s currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College’s MFA program, and is the events curator at Hugo House.

‘Writing is hard, and writers need help. I’m still learning. I fail often, but I fail better, as Beckett would say. And if failure is the price for taking risks, I’ll happily fail every day,” writes winner, Peter Mountford,  “I’m immensely grateful to the judges of this award, and especially to the generosity of Gar LaSalle—this award will make a huge difference in my ability to actually write in the coming year.”

Three panelists with backgrounds in fiction selected Peter from a pool of 142 applicants. Artist Trust is grateful to the following panelists:

Jekeva Phillips (King County)
Matthew Sullivan (Grant County)
Casandra Lopez (Whatcom County)

Funding for the Artist Trust Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award is generously donated by Gar LaSalle. A physician, sculptor, award-winning filmmaker and author, Gar LaSalle has been honored widely in both the medical and fine arts communities for his leadership and creativity. Gar has earned acclaim for his debut novel, Widow Walk, and its sequel, Isthmus, which reflect his love of history. His first feature-length film, Diary of a Moonlighter, was produced in 1976 and aired on the PBS series P.O.V. He writes from his home in Seattle and sculpts in his studio on Maury Island.

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. It has invested over $10 million in Washington State artists since its founding in 1986, through grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training, and professional development resources to help artists achieve their career goals. Find out more at www.artisttrust.org.

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Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in Washington State artists since its founding in 1986, through grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training and professional development resources to help artists achieve their career goals.

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Find out more at www.artisttrust.org.

Major supporters of Artist Trust include many individual donors along with: 4Culture, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Amazon, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, The Boeing Company, The Dale & Leslie Chihuly Foundation, The Klorfine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Raynier Institute & Foundation, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Vulcan Inc.