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Dark voice

Alumna Kali Fajardo-Anstine writes edgy stories that are garnering national attention.

November 12, 2014

Kali Fajardo-Anstine (B.A. English
Kali Fajardo-Anstine (B.A. English '09) minored in Chicano/a Studies and says that is where she first discovered she had a unique story to tell. PHOTO: Jessica Taves

Kali Fajardo-Anstine (B.A. English ’09) admits that her short stories are dark. Darkness is unavoidable, she said, when you write about the people and cultures that she does.

“When you’re Chicana, it means you have historically outlived great violence,” she explained. “I come from American Indian, Hispano and Jewish ancestors. Throughout history these groups have suffered immensely. It’s a disservice to my culture to ignore it.”

Recently, Fajardo-Anstine’s “dark voice” has been getting quite a bit of attention. In the last few years, her work has been published in Boston Review, Bellvue Literary Review, Kartika Review, The Idaho Review and Southwestern American Literature.

Her short story, “Remedies,” earned a notable citation in The Best American Series and her story “Sabrina’s Neck” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters Contest. She was also nominated for a prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Read the full story in the fall issue of Metropolitan Denver Magazine.

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