C. D. Albin
is the author of the short-story collection Hard Toward Home. Albin was born and raised in West Plains, MO. He has taught for many years at Missouri State University - West Plains, where he founded and edits Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies. His stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in a number of periodicals, including Arkansas Review, Cape Rock, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Natural Bridge, and Slant.