Author of ten poetry books,
including The Missing Peace,
Now Voyager, and Waking
. Her work
has been
nominated for
the Pushcart
Prize and
Best of the Net.



The Missing Peace

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Now Voyager

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Waking Life

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Anderson is a soul who absorbs wildness and merges with it, like the lightning that creates petrified sand when it

hits the earth.


Author of Thawed Stars & Poet Laureate of Sunland/Tujunga

She seems to mirror Like Water for Chocolate or Carlos Castaneda, with a little Edgar Allan Poe mixed in...


Co-Publisher of San Pedro River Review and Blue Horse Press

Cynthia Anderson’s poetry dissolves arbitrary distinctions between non-human and human, creature and rock, inner and outer, past and present...


Mythologist/Founder of Mythic Mojo


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A California resident and poet for over 40 years, Cynthia Anderson's recent work focuses on the natural world and her family history. Her haiku, senryu, cherita, tanka, and other short form poems appear in journals such as the cherita, Presence, Failed Haiku, Prune Juice, Frameless Sky, Cold Moon Journal, Wales Haiku Journal, MacQueen's Quinterly, Moonbathing, Ribbons, and others. Her traditional long form poems appear in Verse Virtual, Spillway, Sheila-Na-Gig, Cholla Needles, Silver Birch Press, Footnote, and Writing in a Women's Voice.

Cynthia is co-editor of the anthology A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens, described by Jane Hirshfield as "a book whose heights, swoops, visions,

and versatile multiplicities

of flight-path are worthy of

the trickster-bird celebrated

in its pages."


Cynthia's poems have appeared in many anthologies, among them: San Bernardino Singing (Inlandia Books, 2020), California Fire & Water (Story Street Press, 2020), Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2018), Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology (Split Rock Review, 2018), Weaving the Terrain: 100-Word Southwestern Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2017) and Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2016).





Video: Cynthia Anderson reading her poetry at the EP Foster Library in Ventura, California on August 17, 2017.

Online radio interview "Desert Dweller: A Conversation with Poet Cynthia Anderson" by Dr. Catherine Svehla, Mythologist



Book Review of Waking Life by Erica Goss, Sticks & Stones Newsletter, 1.7.19

The Transmitter: Interviews on The Coil Magazine, Summer 2018

Cynthia Anderson Answers the Questions that Matter

Kosmos Quarterly, Fall Gallery of Poets 2020 “Becoming Sequoia”


Silver Birch Press, Landmarks Series, Camels at Font’s Point, August 2020

Verse Virtual August 2020: Muscular Dystrophy, Paper Mill Hollow, The Dead Writer Returns


MacQueen’s Quinterly Issue 4, three micropoems: tethered to earth, wrinkles in time, the veins


Mojave River Review, Vol. 5 No. 1, Spring/Summer 2019: Jackalopes,

Sounding, Yucca Man's Lament



Cynthia Anderson can be reached by email at

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