Carol is the author of the novels Carry the One, Lucky in the Corner, Seven Moves, and Aquamarine. She has won the Carl Sandburg, Society of Midland Authors, and Ferro-Grumley awards for fiction.
Her short fiction has been anthologized and published in various periodicals including VLS, New Ohio Review, and Tin House. Her stories, “Hammam,” “Elvis Has Left the Building,” and "The Last Speaker of the Language" were chosen for inclusion in Best American Short Stories of 1994, 1998, and 2012 respectively.
Anshaw is a past fellow of the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
She is also a painter.
She lives in Chicago and in Amsterdam with her partner, the filmmaker Jessie Ewing.