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 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. 


Service & Activities

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