By on March 3, 2018

Denver-based author Kali Fajardo-Anstine visits Jackson for a writer workshop

Jackson Hole, WY – The latest writer coming to speak in Jackson is an up-and-coming name. Kali Fajardo-Anstine signed a two-book contract in October with Random House’s new imprint One World. The Denver-based author’s debut book Woman of Light focuses on the migration of a family from southern Colorado to Denver during the first half of the 20th Century. The story follows a young clairvoyant woman who struggles to alter the fate of her family after the once-wealthy family loses everything to racial violence. Fajardo-Anstine will also publish a collection of short stories called Sabrina and Corina that center on the Chicana and indigenous women living in the American West.

Fajardo-Anstine will kick-off her Jackson visit with a writing workshop 6 p.m. March 7. Registration is $25  by March 1. The workshop is capped at 12 participants.

The workshop, “Deep Mapping,” will discuss a short story by Latina author Sandra Cisneros, which participants will receive in advance when they register. The discussion will also center on William Least Heat Moon’s Blue Highways as a model for deep mapping a story.

Fajardo-Anstine will also do a public reading from her work and answer questions about it from noon to 1 p.m. March 8 in the Ordway Auditorium at the Teton County Library. The free event includes a soup lunch. Lucky’s Market is donating the soup. The writer will also talk to students in two private events. She’ll address the student body at Summit High School the morning of March 8.

She’ll also work with students and parents in a mentoring program at the Teton Literacy Center March 8. She will speak to Latina and Latino students, most of whom will be the first in their families to apply to college, said Connie Wieneke, assistant director of Jackson Hole Writers.

Fajardo-Anstine is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, where she received an MFA in creative writing in 2013. She’s published her short stories in numerous journals and taught at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, San Diego State University and Fort Lewis College in Colorado.

Jackson Hole Writers, along with the Teton County Library and Teton Literacy Center sponsored Fajardo-Anstine’s presentations. Grants from the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Center of Wonder helped fund the events.


“Deep Mapping,” a public writing workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 7, conference room at the Center for the Arts. $25.  Workshop is for high school students and adults writing in English. Pre-registration at is required by March 1.

Private presentation for the student body at Summit High School March 8.

Public reading and lunch, noon to 1 p.m. March 8 in the Ordway Auditorium at Teton County Public Library. The free event includes a soup lunch.

Private storytelling event for high school students and parents at the Teton Literacy Center the evening of March 8.


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