I'm proud of my role as of the pioneers of the American spoken word movement. I'm the Director of The Taos Storytelling Festival and the Taos Poetry Festival, plus I co-founded Poetry Alive!, a theater company which has performed poetry for millions of students over the past 30 years. With Julia Cameron, I co-founded and directed The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp in Taos for eight years, 1995-2003 I'm on the advisory board of LEAF International based in Asheville, NC and have been the LEAF Festival Poetry Slam-Master since the LEAF festival began in 1995. I host Twice-5-Miles Radio: Fertile Ground for Conversations Worth Having on WPVMFM. I hold an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and have memorized over 500 poems.