This site is written by Kambri Crews, a producer and publicist in New York City, and centers around her correspondence with her deaf father who is serving 20 years for the attempted murder of his girlfriend. Here, Kambri shares her visits and correspondence with her Jailed Deaf Dad and throws in the occasional story from childhood in the deep woods of Montgomery, Texas, where she and her family camped in tents, lived in a tin shed, a trailer, then back to a tin shed before they moved to Ft. Worth and all hell broke loose.

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I grew up in the deep woods of Montgomery, Texas where I lived with my pot smoking Deaf parents and older hearing brother. Since then, I've earned a paralegal degree, pursued banking, promotional and acting careers. I now run my own production and public relations company in New York City. My memoir Burn Down the Ground was published in 2012 by Random House and is available for purchase at all the major book seller sites like Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble

Ballyhoo Promotions
is my production and PR company in New York City. Clients include the 92Y Tribeca, David Koechner (Anchorman, 40 Year Old Virgin), my husband Christian Finnegan (Are We There Yet?, Best Week Ever, Chappelle's Show), Stand Uppity comedy tour with comedians Andy Kindler, Marc Maron and Eugene Mirman, Jest Magazine and the NYC comedy nightclub Comix. I also created and ran the 50-seat performance space Ochi's Lounge for four years. Currently, I promote various comedians, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and produce shows featuring writers and performers of The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, The Onion and more.

Visit http://www.kambricrews.com for more.

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Theodore "Cigo" Crews, Jr., is the seventh of ten children born to farmers. Although his twin brother was hearing, Dad was born completely deaf with a precocious wild streak and quickly became the black sheep of his very strict Christian family.

At age five, he was sent away to a state school for the Deaf where he lived in a dormitory. He was a charismatic ladies man, gregarious story teller and handsome athlete. There, he met his future wife -- my mom -- whom he married at age 19. Soon after, they had their first child, a boy. I was born four years later. A skilled construction worker, Dad worked on many major construction sites in Houston, Texas during the city's rapid development boon. Never one to let his deafness deter him, he served as Foreman on many projects. In 1977, Dad moved us into the deep woods of Montgomery, Texas, where he led our family in our quest to transform raw land into our own dream property. He single-handedly developed our own water and power lines, septic system and fresh spring well.

In August 1988, my parents' marriage met a traumatic end when Dad assaulted my mom over the course of several hours -- an event which I witnessed and changed the course of my life. Dad was sentenced to probation and fell into a life of heavier drinking and drug use. He is now serving a 20 year sentence in a Texas prison for attempted murder.

If you're interested in communicating with him, friend him on Facebook.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I'm now working on a review of this profoundly moving (and unsettling) book. And I suspect there's nothing quite like a Texas prison, unless it's a Florida prison.