Keith Polk, M.D. is a native of Bogalusa, Louisiana, a small town 70 miles north of New Orleans, home of the Mardi Gras parade. Keith fell in love with children’s literature as a young adult and today writes tales inspired by his native state’s rustic landscapes and colorful array of inhabitants, both human and animal. Keith started attending Mardi Gras as a little boy and still thinks it’s one of the best parties on earth: “Who wouldn’t love a parade where they throw sparkly beads and candy at you?” he said.
Keith knows a whole lot about critters and people. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of L.S.U.’s School of Medicine. He completed his residency and post-graduate studies in Anesthesiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned his Board Certification in Anesthesiology from the State of California.
Keith lives in Pasadena, California, and has enjoyed a fulfilling 35-year career as a physician. He has stood next to hundreds of children as they went in and out of surgery, always empathizing with them as they faced some of the most frightening moments of their lives without a parent nearby. Keith works hard to put his littlest patients at ease by making them feel special and by imparting the kind of love and acceptance he experienced growing up in the southern countryside. These brave children are the inspiration for the characters in this book as well as their hero and friend, Crawfrere the Crawfish. Crawfrere teaches his pals to believe the sky’s the limit, and that they can overcome their disadvantages to accomplish their dreams.
The Mardi Grasfish is the first book in a three-part series designed to bring out the kindness, compassion, love, and unwavering acceptance in all of us. Long live Crawfrere and his very special friends!