Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. Her book about that experience, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family, is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press in 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 in the very literary city of Minneapolis. 


Upcoming Events and Appearances



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

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