Sarita Fajardo is a multi-talented photojournalist, writer, editor, poet, and all-around amazing person. Based in Lima, Peru, she works with development organizations as a photographer, writer, videographer, and multimedia storyteller to tell the stories of the people she meets. She is an active member of LatinxPitch.
Currently represented by agent Nicole Geiger at Full Circle Literary, where Sarita was recently promoted:
“Sara A. Fajardo first discovered the power of words when she was four. Newly arrived in the United States from her native Peru, her English vocabulary consisted of the word “monkey,” which she promptly turned into her favorite greeting, “Hola Monkey!” The amused reaction to that phrase started her on a lifelong path of telling stories—first as a photojournalist, then as a multimedia storyteller for humanitarian aid organizations, and now as a writer for children. Her words and camera have taken her across Latin America and Africa. While covering emergency responses, refugees, and farming communities she learned from kids that abandoned ant hills make the best mud for making toys in Malawi, how to make a car from a bottle in post-earthquake Haiti, and that plastic bags wrapped really tight make great soccer balls in Kenya. These experiences have deepened her commitment to our common humanity and have taught her that the only thing that separates us is our circumstances.
The daughter of an American mother (a bilingual teacher) and a Peruvian father (a professor of Quechua at Stanford University), Sara strives to tell multicultural stories that help underrepresented children see themselves and that enable children to connect with other cultures. She grew up in the migrant fieldworker community of Salinas, California, and has lived in Finland, Japan, and Kenya. Sara currently resides in Lima, Peru, with her husband and two children. She is a SCBWI member and is active in the PBChat, Storyteller Academy, and 12×12 communities.”