ANIKA FAJARDO was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. Her honors include a Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, several Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, and a Loft Literary Center Mentor Series fellowship. Her work has appeared in various publications and her memoir manuscript, Magical Realism for Non-Believers, was a finalist for the 2012 Bakeless Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction. Her middle grade novel-in-progress was awarded a 2018 Artist Initiative Grant.

A writer, editor, and teacher, she lives in the very literary city of Minneapolis where she teaches and serves on the Board at the Loft Literary Center. 



Grantee, Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2018

Residency, Vermont Studio Center

Mentee, Pitch Wars, 2017

Residency, New York Mills Cultural Center, 2017 

Grantee, Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2016

Finalist, Loft Literary Center Emerging Writer Grant, 2015

Grantee, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, 2014

Winner, St. Catherine University's Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing, 2013

Finalist, Bakeless Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction, 2012

Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2011, Hippocampus Magazine

Honorable Mention, Hippocampus Magazine's 2011 Remember in November Contest

Grantee, 2011 Artist Initiative GrantMinnesota State Arts Board

Winner, (judged by JC Hallman and Judith Kitchen) Loft Literary Center - Mentor Series 2009-2010

Winner, Loft Literary Center - Latino Inroads 2009

Second Place, Creative Nonfiction, Talking Stick 18



Secretary, Loft Literary Center, 2017-present

Judge, 2018 Minnesota Book Awards

Board of Directors, Loft Literary Center, 2016-present

Member, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, 2016-present

Member, Professional Editors Network, 2017-present

Advisory Panel for Prose, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2017 Artist Initiative Grant

Book Reviewer, Publisher's Weekly

Panelist, AWP Writer's Conference, Minneapolis, MN 2015

Facilitator, 2014 Minnesota Book Awards

Book Reviewer, Library Journal

Judge, 2013 Minnesota Book Awards

Panel Reader, Creative Nonfiction, Loft Literary Center's 2011-2012 Mentor Series

Preliminary Judge, 2011 Minnesota Book Awards

Panel Reader, Fiction, Loft Literary Center's 2010-2011 Mentor Series

Advisory Panel for Prose, Minnesota Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant 2010


Find Me

Telling True Stories: Exploring Creative Nonfiction

Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis
Tuesdays, June 19 - July 31, 2018 ~ 6-8pm