Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. Her writing has been recognized with awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the Loft Literary Center. Her memoir manuscript was a finalist for the Bakless Literary Prize. Her work has appeared in various publications such as Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Mama, Hippocampus Magazine and in anthologies including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction and Sky Blue Water: Great Stories for Young Readers. A former teacher and librarian, she also writes book reviews for Publishers Weekly.
The Scene as I Imagined It
Anika Fajardo’s essay “The Scene as I Imagined It” is brief only in word count. In the piece she reveals a snapshot of a girl remembering a time of painted wooden mallards and divorce. 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.
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