Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Juan Carlos Reyes (Kent) has published the novella A Summer's Lynching (Quarterly West Novella Prize) and the fiction chapbook Elements of a Bystander (Arcadia Press Fiction Prize). His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in KGB Lit, Hawai’i Review, and Florida Review, among others. He is a 2018 Jack Straw Writers Fellow and is currently an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Seattle University. He is the chief editor of Big Fiction magazine.

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From the Artist

I’m honored to receive the LaSalle Storyteller Award. I’ll never forget Gar’s phone call, feeling the world open up for my work.

This award comes at a wonderful creative junction as I’ll use it for a residency to complete my novel-in-progress. I submitted its first pages as a writing sample for this award, and I wear that hope as I finish writing. I’ll also shore up Big Fiction magazine, expanding into podcasts to create a venue for community members to tell their stories.

My deepest appreciation begins at home, with my wife whose love, insight, and creativity nourish me. My sincerest gratitude to Gar LaSalle for his generosity and support and to Artist Trust working tirelessly for artists in Washington State.

The literary community has always embraced me here. I am encouraged that I can be an artist among the artists I get to call friends.

Juan Carlos Reyes