Fajardo will force you to question whether the memories you have are real and whether or not that matters, or if, ultimately, it is up to each of us to decide what portrait to paint for our own lives.
— Red Bird Chapbooks

Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She is the author of a book about that experience, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). Her middle-grade novel, What If a Fish, is slated for publication from Simon & Schuster in summer 2020. A writer, editor, and teacher, she lives with her family in the very literary city of Minneapolis. 

Photo credit Dave Dieken

Photo credit Dave Dieken

Huh? How do you pronounce your name?

Anika rhymes with “Monica” but without the “M”
Fajardo is pronounced like it’s spelled, but the “J” makes an “H” sound (Fa-har-doe)


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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

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