Our next Letter in the Mail comes from acclaimed author Kali Fajardo-Anstine! Kali writes to us from a Denver coffee shop she’s frequented since her teens, looks back at the different spaces she’s written in through her life, and wonders about how we can imagine new spaces for ourselves when our lives don’t allow us “the luxury of open endless space” to create.
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Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a National Book Award Finalist and the author of Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize and The Story Prize, and longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Fajardo-Anstine is the 2019 recipient of the Denver Mayor’s Award for Global Impact in the Arts. Her fiction and essays has appeared in GAY Magazine, The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Idaho Review, Southwestern American Literature, and elsewhere. Kali has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and Hedgebrook. She has an MFA from the University of Wyoming and is from Denver, Colorado.
Photograph of Kali Fajardo-Anstine by Tyler Everett.