is a data analyst for a health management company in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from San Jose State University (B.A. 1994, M.A. 1996) with degrees in modern European history before studying and teaching as a doctoral fellow at Tulane University and Freie Universität Berlin. For the past five years, Hardin has been working on poetry and short stories under starry nights in the American Southwest. These poems are the first he has published.