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Kansas City, MO
I am an adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I serve as an Advisory Editor for New Letters magazine,where my books reviews often appear, and a presenter at the annual summer New Letters Weekend Conference. I have also recently served as the instructor/faciliator for the Memory Project at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, working with Holocaust survivors to write personal essays concerning their experiences before, during and after the Nazi era. They have produced a book, The Memory Project, available from MCHE. I have also spent years teaching English as a second language, in Taiwan and Japan, and also in the USA, at refugee resettlement centers and on college campuses. The "clash of cultures" is a recurring in my work. My plays (including "The Mozart Project" and "The Cove" have been professioanlly produced regionally and the HotInk! New Play Festival, sponsored by the Tisch School at NYU.
Maril Crabtree grew up in Memphis and New Orleans but calls the Midwest home. A former French teacher, lawyer, peace activist, environmentalist, and yoga instructor, she is grateful for poetry – hers and others’ – as the loom that weaves her life-threads together. Her most recent chapbook is Tying the Light (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She authored two other chapbooks: Dancing with Elvis (Top Hat & Tails Press, 2005,) and Moving On (Pudding House Press, 2010), and edited four anthologies of poetry and essays published by Adams Media. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has won numerous awards, including 1st Place “Judge’s Pick” for both poetry and fiction in the anthology Well-Versed 2014. She previously served as poetry editor for Kansas City Voices. More of her work can be seen at www.marilcrabtree.com
I am a writer and editor living in Lenexa, Kansas. I am retired from Hallmark cards, where I worked for 22 years, the last 9 as director of the writing studio. I grew up on Long Island, New York and went to college at Binghamton University, where I studied British, American and Canadian literature and South American magical realism and earned a master’s degree in fiction writing. I published short fiction in The Indiana Review and MSS. I began writing poetry in the mid-1990s under the mistaken belief that it would be easier than writing fiction. My chapbook, Where the World Begins, is inspired by stories my aunts and mother told about growing up in a poor sharecropper’s family in Louisiana. It was published by Finishing Line Press in April 2015. I have been the senior poetry editor for Kansas City Voices magazine since 2011 and do several readings each year in Kansas City.