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.
Upcoming Events and Appearances
I’m excited to offer a new version of my creative nonfiction class this summer at the Loft. This half-day workshop on June 22 will explore very short creative nonfiction, often called flash nonfiction. We’ll spend the morning reading, writing, and sharing true stories. Register
I’m so excited to visit Lake Country Booksellers in White Bear Lake, MN. My great-aunt was one of the founders. She’s the person who gave me my first set of Anne of Green Gables when I turned 12, which ultimately played a big role in turning me into a writer. I wish she were here today to see it.
I’m honored to be a speaker at HippoCamp, the annual nonfiction writing conference from the folks of Hippocampus. I’ll be speaking about magical realism in creative nonfiction.
Join me at Chanhassen’s lovely library for a reading from Magical Realism for Non-Believers and Q&A.
I’m excited to be in Austin, TX, for the first time for the Texas Book Festival. Details TBD.
The Chase. Hippocampus Magazine. (2013, Oct. 1).
Echo of a Fall. Hippocampus Magazine (Remember in November Contest Honorable Mention and Pushcart nominations). (2011, November).
Playing Poohstocks. Hippocampus Magazine. (2011, September).
Hercules and His 12 Labors: A Mythological Adventure. (2016). Capstone Press.
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, Minnesota State Arts Board
Winner, (judged by JC Hallman and Judith Kitchen) Loft Literary Center -
Winner, Loft Literary Center - Latino Inroads 2009
Second Place, Creative Nonfiction, Talking Stick 18
Service & Activities
Secretary, Loft Literary Center Board of Directors, 2017-present
Member, Las Musas, 2019-present
Panelist, First Annual Wordplay, Minneapolis, 2019
Judge, First Annual Davenport Prize in Nonfiction, Knox College, 2019
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