CB ANDERSON

Writer, Journalist, Educator 


Author of


 Home Now 
  How 6,000 
Refugees Transformed an American Town


River Talk


BOOKS

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RIVER TALK

short stories

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2020 New York Book Festival

Honorable Mention

HOME NOW

nonfiction

 

IN THE PRESS

"This is a powerful and wonderfully insightful book; I can’t imagine a reader who wouldn’t come away moved and illuminated.”

—ANTONYA NELSON, author

River Talk

 

"A triumphant, probing debut that promises both literary and mass appeal."

—KIRKUS REVIEWS

 "Best Books of 2014"

Full Review

“A stellar, fully-realized collection of stories… You come away not only understanding a place but the soul of its people.”

 

—PETER ORNER, author

"Home Now is immediately relevant and universally resonant, as it illuminates the explosive politics of immigration and explores complex issues around our relationships to places and each other."

MITCHELL ZUCKOFF, author 

 

Home Now

Lit Hub Fall 2019 Preview Pick

 

The New Yorker ‘Briefly Noted’

December 2019

2020 IPPY Living Now

Silver medalist

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 

Best Nonfiction Book finalist

“[Anderson] profiles residents of Lewiston, Maine, in this detailed, sensitive portrait of the city’s revitalization. [Home Now] expertly captures the multilayered dynamics between Lewiston natives and African immigrants…. The result is a vivid and finely tuned portrait of immigration in America.”

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

BIO

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Cynthia (CB) Anderson is a writer, journalist and teacher. Her book Home Now: How 6,000 Refugees Transformed an American Town was a "Briefly Noted" selection in The New Yorker and received honorable mention in the 2020 New York Book Festival. Her collection River Talk was a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 and received the 2014 New England Book Festival award for Short Stories. 

 

Anderson's fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, North American Review, Pangyrus,  Hayden's Ferry, Indiana ReviewTupelo Quarterly, The Masters Review and elsewhere. Prizes include the New Millennium Award and the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize. 

 

She holds a B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University and an M.S. in journalism from Boston University. ​Features and op-eds have appeared in Boston Magazine, CNN, The Christian Science MonitorHuffPost, The Miami Herald, Forbes, Fourth Genre and others. Essays have twice been shortlisted in Best American Essays.

She regularly offers workshops online and in-person around the nation. Fellowships/scholarships from Hedgebrook, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, ZYZZYVA, and the AWP/Prague Summer Seminars have supported her work.

 

She grew up in western Maine in the foothills of the White Mountains. Currently she lives in Maine and Boston, and teaches writing at Boston University. She loves ocean swimming, reading, playing the tin whistle, time with family, and bridges of all kinds. 

 

SELECTED
WORKS

 

FICTION 

        "Man and Sky in Daytime"  Pangyrus

        "Mavak TovIndiana Review/LA.Lit  

        "SylvieOcotillo Review

        "Transfinitude"  Tupelo Quarterly

        "Tourmaline" Crab Orchard Review (p. 1)

 

FLASH AND MICRO

       "Baker's Helper"  The Iowa Review

       "Dance Recital etc."  The Iowa Review

       "Everything"  SmokeLong Quarterly

       "Close to Shore"  Brevity 

       "Watching Mars Explode"  Silver Rose  

NONFICTION (FEATURE, ESSAY & OP-ED)

       "Of Carpenters & Scrabble Kings The Christian Science Monitor

       "Megachurches in New England" Yankee Magazine

       "What Would Ada Say?" HuffPost

       "Isbedalessay CSM

       "Dreams Deferred" CSM 

 
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