|James Nave' - photo shared with permission|
From that dinner conversation, I discovered that he would soon be facilitating a creativity workshop at the Asheville Word Fest just a short drive from my hometown. I couldn't wait to attend and meet him. Little did I know about the storm that was coming!
Nave' describes the creative process as "From the Imaginative Storm to the Creative Form." He explains the concept in this video from TEDxAsheville.
One thing Nave' is known for is performance poetry. He has memorized more than 500 poems and is a co-founder of Poetry Alive! a poetry-as-theater company that has performed for students around the globe.
In 2011, after awakening from surgery for prostate cancer, Nave' began writing a poem a day for the next 100 days. These poems are published in the book Looking At Light available online from Amazon.
I return to Nave's "Imaginative Storm to Creative Form" process often in my own poetry writing adventures. I will watch a dance performance or a television show and make a list of words that come to mind as I watch. Then, following his example, I begin to read the words aloud and I always - ALWAYS - find new, unusual, and interesting combinations to push my poetry in a different direction.
Nave' is a world traveler, but can be found frequently in either Taos, New Mexico, or Asheville, North Carolina. He is a wonderful teacher/facilitator and a remarkable human being. For more information about James Nave' including information on private and group creativity coaching, please visit his website HERE.