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  • The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Kansas City, MO 64111 (map)

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 moved on to more soul-satisfying writing. She has authored a full-length collection, Fireflies in the Gathering Dark (Kelsay Books, 2017) and three chapbooks: Dancing with Elvis (Top Hat & Tails Press, 2005), Moving On (Pudding House Press, 2010), and Tying the Light (Finishing Line Press, 2014). 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 KalliopeThe 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 is 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.” 


Greg Field is an artist, writer, drummer, sailor, chemist, computer geek, and network administrator. His book of poems The Longest Breath (Mid-America Press) was a Thorpe Menn Finalist, and his chapbookEnd of This Set is from BkMk. His poems appear in many journals and anthologies, including New Letters, Laurel Review, Karamu, Chouteau Review, and Kansas City Outloud II. Field has degrees in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was an elementary art teacher for thirteen years. His paintings are in private collections all over the country. He plays percussion in River Cow Orchestra, an improvisational jazz band. Upon his wife’s death in 1987, he, Robert Stewart, Miles Sandler and Maryfrances Wagner set up the Crystal Field Scholarship for a student at UMKC majoring in creative writing. Proceeds from the annual Crystal Field Scholarship Reading contribute to that fund.

Earlier Event: November 2
Later Event: November 13
Veteran Reader's Theater