Lou V. Crabtree (nee Price) was born on March 3rd 1913 in Washington County, Virginia. At the age of 16 Crabtree attended Radford Normal School, now Radford University. In only three years, Crabtree graduated cum lade with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and History. After graduation she returned home and began her teaching career which lasted 36 years. During that time she married and started a family with Homer Crabtree. After Crabtree’s husband passed in 1942 she ventured to New York City with her five children to study at the Faegin School of Dramatic Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Crabtree was an esteemed teacher, poet, and writer. Many of her writings have received nominations and awards. For instance, her first publication, Sweet Hallow, published by LSU Press in 1984, was nominated for the Weatherford, the Lillian Smith, and the PEN/Faulkner Awards and winner of the Highlands Festival Award for Creative Writing. Her collection of poetry, The River Hills and Beyond, published by Sow's Ear Press in 1998, won best work of poetry at the second annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration in 1999. On April 10th 2006 Crabtree passed away. In addition to her literary legacy of Appalachian works, Crabtree's later writing concerned another of her favorite subjects, outer space.