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CB ANDERSON

Writer, Journalist, Educator 

Author of  

River Talk


Home Now: 
   How 6,000 Refugees Tra
nsformed an American Town


Blue Lion Days  (forthcoming April 2024)

Image: Drew Hays

Books

  -BOOKS-

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—fiction— 

(C&R Press)

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2020 New York Book Festival

Honorable Mention

—nonfiction—

(Perseus PublicAffairs)

BLUE LION DAYS: STORIES forthcoming from the University of Central Florida, April 2024

In The Press

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

BIO

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Cynthia (CB) Anderson is a writer, journalist and educator. Her book Home Now: How 6,000 Refugees Transformed an American Town was a 2019 LitHub Fall Preview Pick and a "Briefly Noted" New Yorker selection. Her fiction collection River Talk was a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014. A story cycle Blue Lion Days received the 2023 Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award and will be published in April 2024.

 

Anderson's fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Narrative Magazine, North American Review, Pleiades, Indiana Review, The Masters Review and elsewhere. Prizes include the 2022 Winning Writers Tom Howard Prize for Fiction, the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, and 2nd place in the Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Contest.

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. Her work has twice been shortlisted in Best American Essays.

Anderson grew up in Maine and loves ocean swimming, reading, scotch, and the tin whistle. She's taught writing at Boston University, the Chatauqua Institution, Writing Workshops, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, among others. See upcoming workshops and appearances here. 

Fellowships/scholarships from Hedgebrook, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, ZYZZYVA, and the AWP/Prague Summer Seminars have supported her work.

                                                             credit: Sally Pasley Vargas

Selected Works

SELECTED
WORKS

 

FICTION 

        "Her Own Heart Within Her"  Narrative

        "Man and Sky in Daytime"  Pangyrus

        "Ice Out"  The Forge

        "Mavak TovIndiana Review/LA.Lit

         "A Brief History of the Sea"   Crazyhorse 

        "SylvieOcotillo Review

        "Blood Ties" 2022 Winning Writers Tom Howard Prize

        "Transfinitude"  Tupelo Quarterly

        "Tourmaline" Crab Orchard Review (p. 1)

 

FLASH AND MICRO

       "Baker's Helper"  The Iowa Review

       "Dance Recital for the Men of the American Legion in April"  The Iowa Review

       "Our Animal Friends"  Fugue

       "On Octopus Sex and the Moon"  Slackjaw

       "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  feature CSM

Contact
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