From Texas to the Toronto Times: Must Read Author Cameron Crews
What sets apart an average writer from a great writer? Well, one must have wit. One must perceive the world in a unique way. One must have the ability to empathize with the masses and translate experiences into a colloquial format. And, most importantly, one must have the drive and gumption to share their work on a large scale. American writer Cameron Crews is the epitome of a great writer. At the age of 25, her first publication, “To the Monsters of My Past”, is a best-selling poetry book, has re-defined the standards of prose, and was recently selected for the New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Cameron Crews is a bubbly, blonde, and outgoing Texan with a warm smile and active mind. She began writing in childhood, hiding away in her adolescent playhouse journaling about the world around her. She traveled to the esteemed University of St. Andrews in Scotland for University, where she found herself procrastinating coursework by writing poems. When the 2020 pandemic hit, Crews was in isolation in California. She realized the poetry book she’d been writing the past eight years, hidden away on a Google Doc, was complete. She cold emailed a ten-poem manuscript to a number of notable houses. Days later, she had book deals from every publisher she contacted.
This is not an average publishing story. Most writers find themselves searching for a route to publication well into adulthood. Many never find the path. On her first attempt at publication, the writing world saw the power within Cameron’s work: its honesty, its eloquence, and its ability to break your heart then sew it back together, stronger, in a matter of pages.
Family turmoil, relationship heartbreak, existential crisis, mental health, and the untimely death of her older brother, and personal hero, are sewn together in simple yet poignant language to create a work of non-fiction desirable to any individual who has ever felt pain (everyone). Speaking from experience, this is the kind of book you can’t put down once you pick up. The words and experiences, shared in chronological order, flow from one page to the next in a Charles Bukowski-esque current, if Charles Bukowski were a young blonde girl from Texas. The words are decorated with alluring drawings done by Crews’ best friend, and St. Andrews classmate, Cassie Legg and serve to elevate the book’s influence and sentiment.
When asked what gave Crews the confidence to share her work, without second thought, she reveals, “My brother!” Ike, Crews’ late brother and biggest idol, unexpectedly passed away during her fourth year at St. Andrews. “Ike was my support system. He gave me confidence in who I am and what I was doing. When he passed, I felt bleak for months…hence the very depressing route my book takes towards the end. Once I let the pain of excruciatingly missing him run its course, I was ready to go on and do my best to make him proud. I started a blog that gave me confidence to share my words publicly. I can feel him pushing my forward and telling me to do what makes me happiest: write.”
Crews is now working full time as a writer and runs a poetry Instagram @camjcrews. From her book to her Instagram, her poems, each strikingly unique, read with a Robert Frost rhythm, an Emily Dickinson nostalgia, and a Rupi Kaur charge to create a new and iconic poetry reference—Cameron Crews. “To the Monsters of My Past” is an absolute must read. Purchase a copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Xlibris.