Filmmaker, Author & Discerning Optimist

Kaye Cleave began her career as a teacher and has taught in a variety of settings including schools in Australia and Britain and a maximum security prison in the United States. She has an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco, a PhD in writing from the University of Adelaide, Australia and was a research scholar at UC Berkeley, California. For twenty years she ran her own consultancy, Kaye Cleave Presentations, offering communication seminars to managers and staff in private companies and government organizations. Her book about Emotional Intelligence, Once More With Feeling, has sold in countries around the world. In 2017, her chapbook of poems, Cartwheels of Love and Loss, was the alternate winner in the Minerva Rising Press Dare to Speak contest and has recently been published by Redbird Chapbooks. In 2018, she wrote a children's picture book, A Kangaroo Tale, to raise funds to build a school in a remote village in Western Nepal in memory of her daughter, Catherine. In 2019, her memoir, My Beautiful, Reckless Girl, was a finalist in the Panther Creek Book Award. Kaye co-leads Grief & Healing Retreats at Laguna Writers in San Francisco and is currently working on two documentaries—Somebody’s Child, a short film about the opioid crisis and Catherine’s Kindergarten, a feature-length film about the transformation of grief.