David B. AxelrodUnited States
Dr. David B. Axelrod is Volusia County, Florida, Poet Laureate, appointed for a four-year term, 2015-2019. He also served as Suffolk County, Long Island, Poet Laureate from 2007-2009. He is the director of the Creative Happiness Institute in Daytona Beach, Florida (www.creativehappiness.org) where he offers educational services to the public with funding from the Volusia County Council for the Arts.
Dr. Axelrod has published in hundreds of magazines and anthologies, as well as twenty-two books of poetry, the newest of which is All Vows: New & Selected Poems . His book, The SPEED Way: Poems about Growing Up with Cars and Racing, has been certified as the only book of poetry entirely about NASCAR, cars and racing.
As co-author and editor of Llewellyn Worldwide's MERLIN STONE REMEMBERED, he is winner of the 2015 Coalition for Visionary Resources COVR Award for non-fiction. The same book is 2014 Florida Book Awards Gold Medal winner for non-fiction.
Raised in Beverly, Massachusetts, Dr. David B. Axelrod, spent forty years on Long Island’s North Shore-where he has raised four children, sponsored hundreds of writers, performances, conferences and assisted in founding numerous arts and writing groups. In 2010, he moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, where he continues his writing and arts administration activities.
From 1976 to 2009, he directed the nonprofit, educational organization, Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc. (www.writersunlimited.org), for which he continues as Vice President. He is founder and publisher of Writers Ink Press, publisher of nearly fifty titles. He directs 3WS, World Wide Writers Services, an international writers service.
Dr. Axelrod is a three-time Fulbright Scholar and the first official Fulbright Poet-in-Residence in China. He holds a bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master's from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University, a master of fine arts degree from The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a doctorate from Union Institute & University.
Poems from his twenty-two books have been translated into fifteen languages, and he has performed internationally including at the United Nations and for the American Library Association. His CV is available at www.poetrydoctor.org.
Books by Dr. David B. Axelrod are available at http://www.writersunlimited.org/david-axelrod/ in bookstores internationally through Books in Print.
2017 ALL VOWS: NEW & SELECTED POEMS. Nirala Publications, New Delhi, India
2014 RUSTING: WAYS TO KEEP LIVING. Taylor and Seale, Daytona Shores, FL.
2014 MERLIN STONE REMEMBERED. Llewellyn Worldwide, Woodbury, MN.
2014 ANOTHER WAY: POEMS DERIVED FROM THE TAO TE CHING. Mighty Rogue Press, Boulder, CO.
2012 THE SPEED WAY: POEMS ABOUT NASCAR AND GROWING UP WITH CARS AND RACING. TotalRecall Press. Friendswood, TX.
2009 HOW TO APOLOGIZE. Paradise Island Press. Okinawa, Japan.
2008 DECIDUOUS POEMS. AhadadaBooks: Ontario, Canada.
2007 THE IMPOSSIBLITY OF DREAMS: New Poems. AhadadaBooks: Ontario, Canada.
2005 ANOTHER WAY: Poems derived from the Tao Te Ching. Karma Dog Editions, Boulder, CO.
2001 RANDOM BEAUTY, New Poems. Edited by Louis Simpson. Amereon Press: New York.
2001 LOVE IN THE KEYS. Second Edition. Ai Press: Selden, NY.
1994 THE CHI OF POETRY: NEW AND SELECTED POETRY, 1960-1995. Introduction by X. J. Kennedy. American/People’s Press, Birnham Woods Graphics: Northport, Long Island, NY.
1993 THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE: Poems. Birnham Woods Graphics, Huntington, NY.
1991 LOVE IN THE KEYS: New Poems. Ai Press: Selden, NY.
1989 RESURRECTIONS: New Poems. Bilingual, Macedonian-English. New World Press: Skopia, Macedonia, Yugoslavia.
1989 A PERPETUAL CALENDAR OF POEMS. Illustrations by Nicolo D’Alessandro. Bilingual, Italian-English. Antigruppo Siciliano: Palermo & Trapani, Sicily.
1987 WHITE LIES: New Poems. La Jolla Poets Press: La Jolla, CA.
1986 THE END OF THE UNIVERSE: Surrealistic Poems. CRI Productions: Port Jefferson, NY.
1982 HOME REMEDIES: New & Selected Poems, with introduction by X. J. Kennedy. Cross-Cultural Communications: Merrick, NY.
1981 THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH A CHICKEN: Audio Cassette. Talking Books Series. Cross-Cultural Communication.
1980 THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH A CHICKEN: Surrealistic poems. Cross-Cultural Communications.
1979 A MEETING WITH DAVID B. AXELROD AND IGNAZINO RUSSO: Bio-bibliography & Poems, bilingual Italian-English with artist’s work. Antigruppo Siciliano.
1976 A DREAM OF FEET: New Poems. Cross-Cultural Communications.
1974 MYTHS, DREAMS & DANCES: New Poems, with introduction by Michael Atkinson. Despa Press: Northampton, MA.
1972 STARTING FROM PAUMANOK: Five Long Island Poets. Edited and with poems by D. B. Axelrod. Despa Press.
1971 STILLS FROM A CINEMA: second edition. Despa Press.
1968 STILLS FROM A CINEMA: Poems. Despa Press.
Listed here are the highest level of skills reached in course of study. With one-month of review, I can resume same or higher level of proficiency.
Language Speak Read Write Translate
French 2 1 3 2
German 3 2 3 3
Italian 4 3 4 3
Spanish 4 4 5 5
Yiddish 2 4 4 3
Hebrew 4 3 4 5
Macedonian 4 3 4 3
Serbian 4 3 4 3
Mandarin 3 4 2/4* 5
Cantonese 4 4 5 5
Other language studies: Spanish, Greek, Latin.
Skills: 1= excellent; 2= good; 3= fair; 4= with assistance; 5= unable. *Pin yin, good; few simplified characters; no old style.