A sixth-generation native of Maine, CB Anderson was born in Bangor and raised in a village on the Androscoggin River, five miles outside the paper-mill town of Rumford. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in mathematics and has been moving leftward ever since– from computer programming to proposal writing to journalism to fiction.
Anderson has received numerous awards, including the New Millennium Award and the Mark Twain Award for short fiction. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton & Co.), Literal Latte, The Masters Review and elsewhere. Her recently published collection, River Talk (C&R Press), received the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Short Stories and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014. River Talk also was a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards and Maine Literary Awards Best Fiction Book of 2015.
Anderson lives with her family in Maine and Boston. She teaches writing at Boston University, from which she also holds an M.S. in Journalism. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Redbook, Boston Magazine, usatoday.com, Huffington Post, Fourth Genre, The Miami Herald, Brevity, and others, and has twice been shortlisted in Best American Essays (Houghton Mifflin).
In addition to receiving a Prague Summer Seminars/AWP fellowship, Anderson has been supported by residencies/scholarships at the Hedgebrook Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Zyzzyva, and the Stonecoast Writers Conference.