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. 


Upcoming Events and Appearances

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

Selected Publications



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