Born and raised in Colorado and introduced at age ten to New Mexico, Rae Marie Taylor early on cultivated an appreciation for the beauty and cultural diversity of the American Southwest, as well as a sense of shared habitat and kinship with its vegetation and wildlife. After earning her BA from Loretto Heights College in Denver, her passion for the French language drew her to Quebec, Canada, where she later founded the first courses on Native American literature at Montreal’s Dawson College and Concordia University’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute. While teaching in the province of Quebec, she became an artist and poet. Taking a year for further study, she was also granted her MA from l’Université Aix-Marseille in France. Rae Marie produced her Spoken Word CD Black Grace with Montreal musician David Gossage as well as several one woman shows.