"Growing up, in the subway, on the bus, on platforms boiled by the summer and emboldened by the winter, and on street corners that found ways to go unnoticed even when lights flashing behind a violinist or cellist competed with the notes, my body always tensed with the strain of a contrast."
from "Nothing Plays Itself" (a short fiction)
Juan Carlos Reyes has published A Summer’s Lynching, winner of the Quarterly West 2017 Novella Prize, and the fiction collection, Elements of a Bystander, winner of the 2018 Arcadia Press Chapbook Prize. He's received fellowships from the Jack Straw Cultural Center, PEN USA Emerging Voices, and the Truman Capote Foundation. In 2019, he received the WA State Artist Trust Fiction Prize for his novel manuscript Beyond the Sun.
His short fictions and essays have appeared in Florida Review, Waccamaw Journal, and Moss, among others. He serves as the executive editor of Big Fiction Magazine and also as the board president for Seattle City of Literature, an organization that works to bring equity and sustainable development to the Seattle literary community.