Interview with Kambri Crews


Kambri Crews was raised in rural Texas by deaf parents with few resources. Crew's book, Burn Down The Ground: A Memoir, reflects on the experience of living with disabled parents who faced their own demons. In telling her own story, she also explores the past of her alcoholic and abusive father who eventually ended up in a Texas prison for the attempted murder of his partner. Here, Crews talks to TAVP about what has happened in the 8 years since her book was published. She reflects on her father's experience as a deaf man in a prison system that was unable or unwilling to accommodate him. She talks specifically about his struggles with health while inside, including his reluctance to seek any medical treatment because of a distrust for the system. In July 2020, Crews's father passed away from terminal cancer.