Friday, November 9th
The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, KCMO
Music by Gib Shell
Maril Crabtree grew up in Memphis and New Orleans but calls the Midwest home. A former French teacher, lawyer, peace activist, environmentalist, energy healer, and yoga instructor, she is grateful for poetry – hers and others’– as the loom that weaves her life-threads together. Her book Fireflies in the Gathering Dark (Aldrich Press, 2017) was selected for a 2018 Kansas Notable Books Award and was first runner-up for the 2018 Thorpe Menn Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The DMQ Review, Coal City Review, I-70 Review, Literary Mama, Main Street Rag, Persimmon Tree, and Poet’s Market. She previously served as poetry editor for Kansas City Voices and is a contributing editor for Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity, & Resistance. She agrees with B. H. Fairchild that “poetry is a way of being in the world. It is the closest thing to actual being in the world.”
Greg Field is a writer, artist, and musician living in Independence, Missouri with his wife, poet Maryfrances Wagner. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies including New Letters and Chiron Review. His new book, from Woodley Press, is Uncertainties. He is a co-editor of the I-70 Review.