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2017 LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction Awarded to E. Lily Yu

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December 4, 2017 – Artist Trust is proud to announce E. Lily Yu as the recipient of the 2017 LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction. The merit-based award is an unrestricted grant of $10,000 recognizing an individual Washington State fiction writer.

Born in the Pacific Northwest and raised in New Jersey, E. Lily Yu is an author and narrative designer based in Bellevue, Washington. She was chosen for the NJ Governor’s School of the Arts in the summer of 2007, attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as a Scholar in 2012, and attended Seattle’s Clarion West on a scholarship in 2013. Her stories have appeared in places like McSweeney’s, Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, Hazlitt, Uncanny, and F&SF, as well as multiple best-of-the-year collections. A finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards, E. Lily received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2012. She has worked on video games including Destiny and Destiny 2.

“I am grateful to Artist Trust and Gar LaSalle for this grant, which comes at a critical juncture and buys me time to write,” says E. Lily Yu. “Their generosity removed a heavy weight from me that I did not notice until it was gone.”

Created in 2015 by Gar LaSalle, the LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction honors exceptional fiction writers based in Washington State. “Great story tellers are, in the best sense of the terms, seducers and precious gift-givers who help us understand who we are,” says LaSalle. Past recipients of the LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction are Anca L.Szilágyi (2015) and Peter Mountford (2016).  Currently in its third year, it was announced in June 2017 that the LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction would be extended and awarded annually until the year 2020.

2017 LaSalle Storyteller Award Selection Panelists
Jordan Alam, writer & educator, King County
Jeff Bender, writer & teacher, WhatcomCounty
Larissa Min, writer, King County

About 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. He has earned acclaim for his historical fiction, including Widow Walk, and its sequel, Isthmus. His first feature-length film, Diary of a Moonlighter, was produced in 1976 and aired on the PBS series P.O.V. LaSalle writes from his home in Seattle and sculpts in his studio on Maury Island.

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in individual artists through grant programs, and provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals. Learn more at