magical realism for non-believers

a memoir about finding family

Selections have appeared or are forthcoming in the following publications

  • Chautauqua Literary Journal
  • Red Bird Chapbooks
  • Brief Encounters (anthology from WW Norton)
  • Oh, Baby (anthology from InFact Books)
  • Redux Literary Journal
  • Kalyani Magazine 
  • Hippocampus Magazine (Pushcart nomination)
  • METRO Magazine
  • Colere: A Journal of Cultural Exploration
  • Dos Passos Review
  • Smoking Poet
  • Minnetonka Review
  • Talking Stick
  • 2012 finalist for the Bakeless Literary Prize

"fantasma" by renzo fajardo

View photos from  beautiful, breathtaking Colombia.

As a child, I would sometimes ask my mother about the man who was my father, the man she had married. She told me that they divorced because she wanted to live in Minnesota and he loved Colombia too much to leave it. This oversimplification had satisfied my curiosity as a child, but by age twenty-one, I suddenly wanted to know what kind of power this country had that would make a man choose a place over a person.

Magical Realism for Non-Believers is the story of this journey to discover where I came from and who I was. It is an exploration of what it means to believe in the magic and reality of love and family.

-anika