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As a youth, Frank F. Carden, spent time on a three-windmill ranch in west Texas and in the oil fields. A farm worker, he picked cotton, peas, and housed tobacco in Kentucky. He worked on a shrimper and a tug in the Gulf and worked a job in Galveston. Carden spent three years overseas in the submarine service. He received a PhD from Oklahoma State and taught courses at New Mexico State University.
Since 2002, ten of his short stories, have appeared in the Serape, an anthology of New Mexico Authors, Writers Without Borders, Las Cruces Poets and Writers Magazine, Good Old Days, Sulphur River Literary Review, and Rambler. One of his short stories won the 2004 South West Writer's contest. He has also published two textbooks for Artech House.