Over the past twenty-five years, I have founded businesses that have allowed me to work as a poet, public speaker, pizza maker, screen printer, radio talent, outdoor guide, builder, facilitator, creativity coach, events director, producer, private investigator, blogger, and language arts educator.
I hold an MFA in Poetry and a BA in International Relations. My have two books of poetry and my work been published in many journals.
I am one of the early pioneers of the spoken word poetry movement which includes performing classic and original poems as stories, competing in and emceeing (slammaster) professional level poetry slams, organizing poetry festivals and spoken word events. For example, I co-founded Poetry Alive!®, a theater company, which has performed poetry for over ten million students (K-12) around the globe. I am the director of The Taos Poetry Festival and slammaster of The LEAF Poetry Slam one of the longest running poetry slams in the country. I have memorized over 600 poems and performed on all continents save Australia and Antarctica.
My involvement in creativity renaissance started when I cofounded The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp with Julia Cameron in Taos. My work with Ms. Cameron set the stage for what has now been two decades of hosting, producing, and facilitating creativity workshops, seminars, events, talks, and conferences. For example, I’m on the organizing committee of TEDxNewYork Salons, and I often draw on my experience with poetry and creativity when I facilitate our events. Allegra Huston and I host an annual Imaginative Storm Writing Salon in Taos, which is based on the basic creative principles of safety, identity, possibility, and autonomy.
I’ve worked with many corporate and non-profit groups like Creative Oklahoma’s annual World Creativity Forum, New York Open Center, University of Oklahoma Leadership Scholar Program, North Carolina Outward Bound School, Adidas, Ogilvy, Gettliffe Architecture, Timex, The Huston School of Film and Digital Media, Galway, Telluride Mountain Film Festival, LKB Coaching, Paris, DevlinPix Films, The LEAF Festival, and International Schools in Bangkok, Dakar, Nouakchott, Yaoundé, Accra, Nice, Paris, Brussels, Lima, La Paz, and Prague.
When I want to relax I listen to jazz, watch films, play guitar, have long conversations with good friends, write poetry, walk, and appreciate colorful birds like the swallow-tailed kite, the painted bunting, and the graceful Turkey Vulture on the wing.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I met James Navé at The Artist's Way Creativity Camp in Taos, New Mexico in 2001, and it was through his leadership that I left there feeling refreshed and unblocked creatively. Navé challenged us with poetry exercises and other artistic forms that stretched me beyond my comfort limits and opened up the channels for my writing to prosper. It's 2014, and I can say with confidence that because of the insights I gained there I will always, always be making my living as a writer.
The Imaginative Storm Writing Workshop in Taos this past summer (2012) was my first experience with storming my imagination. All I can say is "Wow!" The knowledge, integrity, humor and insight that James Navé displayed while leading us through the weekend was phenomenal. He was a dynamic teacher. I am STILL using the amazingly unique writing exercises. Thanks for helping me get to the depths of my writing and opening the door a little bit more to my creative path. Would I recommend this workshop to anyone? Absolutely!"
Your performance workshop was wonderful. I’ll always remember you moving around, setting the stage and being the spirit in the corner. If you don’t mind, I’ll keep you in a corner as I try to convey verbally and with body language my meaning and my heart.
The Imaginative Storm Writing Workshop in Taos was a life changing experience for me, as a writer and a creator. After leaving Taos, I applied for and have been accepted to an MFA program in poetry at Vermont College. I am thrilled to be moving forward with my writing, and I can say, without reservation, that all of this has come about as a direct result of my participation