My writing is informed by my multicultural upbringing and centers on questions of identity. In addition to creative writing, I am also a freelance writer for publishers and nonprofits.

Work in Anthologies


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 Grant
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

Among the 77 nonfiction pieces collected here, the personal tales by Anika Fajardo, Dinty W. Moore, Jim Krusoe, and Tod Goldberg best emulate the short-fiction strategy of hooking readers right away, building suspense, and finishing with a satisfying payoff.
— Publishers Weekly on Brief Encounters

Freelance Work

The Debate About Homework. (2018). Focus Readers.
8 Bridges Workshop (website design, build, writing, and content strategy).
Hercules and His 12 Labors: A Mythological Adventure. (2016). Capstone Press.
The Dish on Food and Farming in Colonial America. (2011).  Capstone Press.

In each story, friendships and family moments possess an authenticity that transcends race, culture, and state borders, making it accessible to readers across the country. Contributors include Swati Avasti, Joyce Sidman, Shannon Gibney, Kristin Cronn-Mills, and Anika Fajardo, among others.
— Kirkus on Sky Blue Water

Publications in Literary Journals and Magazines

English as a Second Language. Chautauqua. (2017).
The Scene As I Imagined It. (2016). Red Bird Chapbooks. (purchase the pamphlet here)
LemonLos Angeles Review of Books. (Spring, 2016). 
On Ten Years of aptapt: a literary magazine. (2015, Dec. 7)
Something Recognizableapt: a literary magazine. (2015, May 25)
Confession. (2012, July 9). Weird Tales. Weird Girls website.
"Hidden Falls: A Love Story." (2011). 2011 Saint Paul Almanac. Arcada Press.
"Madison Metro." (2006). In Get on the Bus: Short and True Tales of Bus TravelCity|Space.
"Tiny Truth" Micro-essays (as @anikawriter). Creative Nonfiction. (various issues 2012-2015).
What Didn't HappenRedux: A Literary Journal. (2014, May 19).
The ChaseHippocampus Magazine. (2013, Oct. 1).
What goes in a package to my father in Colombia. Monkeybicycle. (2013, June 24).
Frozen ConcentrateLiterary Mama. (2013, May 11).
Recording the Stars. Kalyani Magazine, 2. (2013, May).
Catch and Release.  Grey Sparrow Journal. (2013, Winter). p. 17-24.
Driving Lessons. METRO Magazine, p. 46. (2012, July).
The Ten Commandments of Pointless Office MeetingsMcSweeney's Internet Tendency.(2012, May 10).
Road Block. The Smoking Poet, 20. (2011, Fall/Winter).
Echo of a FallHippocampus Magazine (Remember in November Contest Honorable Mention and Pushcart nominations). (2011, November).
Playing PoohstocksHippocampus Magazine. (2011, September).
Multiplying Fractions5x5 Literary Magazine, p.18-19. (2011, Spring).
What Didn't Happen. Dos Passos Review, 7 (2). p. 30-34. (2011).
Eating Crepes in Colombia. In Let Them Eat Crepes. St. Paul: Lulu. (2010).
Magical Realism for Non-BelieversMinnetonka Review, 6.(2010).
The Falls. Midway Journal, 4(5). (June 2010).
Better Wall Than a Window. Colere: A Journal of Cultural Exploration, p. 39. (2010).
TouristsSalome Magazine. (2010).
Impressionist. Frostwriting, 3. (2009).
Families Have a Mom and a Dad. (second place for creative nonfiction). The Talking Stick, 18. (2009).
Boys at Play. apt: an online literary journal, 17. (2008).