Maril Crabtree grew up in Memphis and New Orleans, but calls the Midwest home. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in English and French, an MA in French Literature, and a JD in law. After writing enough legal briefs to paper an entire courthouse, she focused on more soul-satisfying writing. She has authored a full-length collection, Fireflies in the Gathering Dark (Kelsay Books) and three chapbooks: Dancing with Elvis (Top Hat & Tails Press), Moving On (Pudding House Press), and Tying the Light (Finishing Line Press). She edited four anthologies of poetry and personal essays published by Adams Media.
A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Kalliope, The DMQ Review, New Works Review, Coal City Review, Flint Hills Review, I-70 Review, Persimmon Tree, Third Wednesday, Literary Mama, and Poet’s Market. She has served as poetry editor for Kansas City Voices and board member of The Writers Place in Kansas City, and as contributing editor for the online journal: Heartland! Poetry of Love, Resistance, and Solidarity.
Her goal is to write poems that, as Stanley Kunitz said, “get through to the other side, where we can hear the deep rhythms that connect us with the stars and the tides.”