Author of nine poetry books, including Route, Now Voyager, and Waking Life. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
Anderson's language is as spellbound as her subject, rising from the land itself, its alchemy of silence and time, from arias of beauty and melancholy...
Let her show you how to know the desert with new senses.
MARSHA DE LA O
Author of Antidote for Night
Through her lit and compassionate lens, readers
may too listen to the old language and know this star-pointed place “where
a spider web holds the
JENNIFER K. SWEENEY
Author of Little Spells and How to Live on Bread and Music
Cynthia Anderson’s poetry dissolves arbitrary distinctions between non-human and human, creature and rock, inner and outer, past and present. These poems are a beautiful portrait
of the desert she loves.
CATHERINE SVEHLA, Ph.D.
Mythologist/Founder of Mythic Mojo and Myth in the Mojave
A former long-time resident
of Santa Barbara, California, Cynthia Anderson moved to
the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park in 2008.
Her recent poetry focuses on memoir and on the “old growth desert” around her home. Her poems appear frequently in journals and anthologies, and she is the author of nine collections.
Cynthia is also 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."
Author photo by Robert Morris
Video: Cynthia Anderson reading her poetry at the EP Foster Library in Ventura, California on August 17, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP-O0of10PY
Video: Space Cowboy Books Local Poet Spotlight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acwewAtPD3s
Online radio interview "Desert Dweller: A Conversation with Poet Cynthia Anderson" by Dr. Catherine Svehla, Mythologist https://drcatherinesvehla.bandcamp.com/track/desert-dweller-a-conversation-with-poet-cynthia-anderson
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
Postcard Poems and Prose, May 2018
The Shallows (Nominated for Best
of the Net)
Mojave River Review, Vol. 2 No. 1, Fall/Winter 2016
Bird Woman of Wonder Valley
People of the Sky
Traveling with Owl
Dark Matter: Women Witnessing #4
Invoking the Salamander
Apercus Quarterly 4.3
This is No Cactus Flower
Split Rock Review, Fall 2016
Calling the Rail