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 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.
I’ll be joining the generous Friends of Hennepin County Library for their Author Lust Luncheon at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis. Thanks for your support of the libraries!
Tell your family stories! Join us for Snapshot Stories at Shoreview Community Center.
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.
Join me at the Loft Literary Center on Tuesdays, November 5 - December 17 at 6-8pm (no class Thanksgiving week). We’’ll be reading and writing creative nonfiction. Details and registration.
Is your manuscript (novel, short story, memoir, essay, or other work) ready for its final polish? Learn tips and tools for editing your own work in this half-day workshop at the Loft Literary Center.
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