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. Her book about nearby Lewiston, Home Now: How 6,000 Refugees Transformed an American Town (Perseus PublicAffairs), received honorable mention in the 2020 New York Book Festival and was a Lit Hub Fall 2019 Nonfiction Preview Pick.
Anderson’s short stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton & Co.), The Masters Review and elsewhere. Prizes include the New Millennium Award and the Mark Twain Award for short fiction. Her collection, River Talk (C&R Press), was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 and received the 2014 New England Book Festival award for Short Stories.
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, Huffington Post, Fourth Genre, The Miami Herald, Brevity, Forbes.com, and others, and has twice been shortlisted in Best American Essays (Houghton Mifflin).
Anderson’s work has been supported by residencies/scholarships at the Hedgebrook Colony, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and AWP/Prague Summer Seminars.