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Writing Department

Kali Fajardo-Anstine: Fiction Reading

Writers At Work
Tuesday October 5th, 6pm

Fajardo-AnstineKali Fajardo-Anstine is a National Book Award Finalist for her debut story collection, Sabrina & Corina.  In addition to being a finalist for the National Book Award, Sabrina & Corina is also a finalist for the Story Prize,  a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection, and the winner of the American Book Award. The collection was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal, and the American Library Association named it a 2020 Notable Book. Fajardo-Anstine’s deep love of bookstores led her to work as a bookseller for over a decade at West Side Books in North Denver. She has been edited and mentored by writers like Mat Johnson, Joy Williams, and Ann Beattie. She received the 2021 Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her stories and essays have appeared in GAY Magazine, The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Southwestern American Literature, Electric Literature, and more. Fajardo-Anstine has attended residencies at Yaddo, where she was the 2017 recipient of The LeSage-Fullilove Residency, Hedgebrook, and MacDowell Colony. She received her MFA from the University of Wyoming and has lived across the country, from San Diego, California, to Key West, Florida.

“A nearly perfect collection of stories that is emotionally wrenching but never without glimmers of resistance and hope.” – Kirkus Reviews 

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