2:00 PM to 2:25 PM
Writing Literary Fiction about the Ozarks
C.D. Albin will touch upon the relatively small place of Ozark fiction in the map of American literature and will consider the challenges of writing about a region too often defined by cliché and stereotype. The presentation will acknowledge several writers who influenced his approach to writing about a distinctive and particular region, and he will close by reading a few brief passages from Hard Toward Home.
About C.D. Albin
C. D. Albin was born and reared in West Plains, Missouri, near the Arkansas border. He earned a Doctor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi and has taught for many years at Missouri State University—West Plains. He is a past recipient of the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry. Mr. Albin holds an abiding interest in the Ozark region and in 2009 founded Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies.
Mr. Albin’s stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in a number of periodicals, including Arkansas Review, Cape Rock, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Natural Bridge, and Slant. His debut story collection Hard Toward Home (Press 53, 2016) was a runner-up for the 2015 Press 53 Award for Fiction. The book is set in north Arkansas and explores multiple layers of conflict in the lives of those who inhabit fictional Bond County.