Author bio

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), and a middle-grade novel, What If a Fish (Simon & Schuster, 2020). A writer, editor, and teacher, she lives with her family in the very literary city of Minneapolis.

How to pronounce Anika Fajardo

Anika rhymes with Monica, but without the “M” (On-ick-ah)

Fajardo sounds like it’s spelling, but the “J" makes an “H” sound (Fa-har-doe)


High-res author photo

Photo credit: Dave Dieken

Photo credit: Dave Dieken

Book cover image


Selected awards

Grantee, Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2018, 2016, 2011

Mentee, Pitch Wars, 2017

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, Hippocampus Magazine, 2011

Fellowship, (selected by JC Hallman and Judith Kitchen), Loft Literary Center, 2009-2010


Selected service

Secretary, Loft Literary Center Board of Directors, 2017-present

Board of Directors, Loft Literary Center, 2016-present

Member, Las Musas, 2019-present

Judge, First Annual Davenport Prize in Nonfiction, Knox College, 2019

Judge, Minnesota Book Awards, 2018, 2014, 2012

Panel judge, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2012, 2014, 2018

Book Reviewer, Publisher's Weekly, 2014-2016

Book Reviewer, Library Journal, 2004-2012