|Organization:||The Writing Salon|
|Location:||Taos, NM, USA|
James Navé is a poet, a performer, a writing teacher, a creativity coach, and an appreciative inquiry facilitator. Navé holds and an MFA in poetry from Vermont College and is the founder and co-director of The Writing Salon, based in Taos, New Mexico, He is the author of an illustrated book of poems, The Road (Bookpartners, 1997). His works has appeared in The North Carolina Literary Review, The Asheville Literary Review, Summit Magazine, The Taos News, The Society of the Muse of the Southwest’s literary journal Chokecherries (2000-03), and Heartstone Journal, published by Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center.
He cofounder Poetry Alive! (1984-92), a theater company that performs traditional poems for schools K-12. Navé has been an active participant in the Poetry Slam movement since 1991. He has been on three national poetry slam teams and emcees frequently at the National Poetry Slam Championships. He one of the few poets to win a poetry slam competition at Chicago’s Green Mill with a perfect score of 30 for an improvised poem. Navé runs a twice year slam ($1000 1st place prize) at the Lake Eden Arts Festival where he also serves on the festival’s board of advisors.
Navé has given thousands of performances and readings in the U.S. and abroad. To mention a few, he has been a featured reader at events including the Mystic Arts Association Summer Reading Series, Mystic, Connecticut, The Arts and Literature Laboratory, New Haven, Connecticut, The Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, The Sacred Center for Spiritual Living, NYC, The National Outward Bound Board Meeting, NYC, The Taos Poetry Circus, The Taos Storytelling Festival, Journey into Wholeness, Hendersonville, NC, The Asheville Savings Bank, Asheville, NC, The Goethe Institute, Bangkok, Shakespeare and Company, Paris, and International Schools in Paris, Brussels, Prague, Nice, Lima, La Paz, San Juan, Nouakchott, Mauritania, Dakar, Senegal, Accra, Guana, and Yaounde, Cameroon.
In 1995, Navé began working with the author Julia Cameron to develop creativity camps based on her best-selling book The Artist’s Way, which he subsequently toured across the U.S. In addition, his training as an Appreciative Inquiry facilitator and creativity coach he helps organizations and t individuals examine their positive core strengths and then discover, dream, and design strategies and skills that allow for a more poetic and creative life.
The magic of poetry is alive in Navé’s words. "It starts with the imaginative utterances in the poet's mind and continues, much as a musical score continues, long after the final draft. Poetry is meant to be read, memorized, published, put to music, and spoken out loud. Poetry is oxygen for the soul. Whenever a poets lifts a pen, the world is better off."
With 600 poems memorized, Navé likes to tell the story of American poet Maxime Kumin, who says she memorizes poems so she'll have something to do in case she's taken prisoner by an invading army. “While it's unlikely Ms. Kumin will land in jail,” he says, “it's fair to say that she, like the rest of us, will find her memorized pieces useful in times of solitude.”
When asked what writing means to him, Navé says, “Writing is where I find my center. The place where I tell my story. When I think of writing I think of a warm room in the soul. It is the place where I stop and become anyone I want. I can drive a car through a waterfall or fill a grocery cart Almond Joys. Emotionally, it allows me the time to be silent and wait for my interior to connect with universal flow.”
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