Apr 122011


Prepared by Creative Happiness Institute, Inc.,

the non-profit associate of Poetrydoctor.org

 For more information about on-going poetry programs in our area,

scroll down to the bottom of this page.


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These programs are made possible in part by a grant to Creative Happiness Institute from the Cultural Council of Volusia County.

THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS!  3WS World Wide Writers Services; Dan & Jeanette Pels; Tomoka Poets; Lenny Schneir Fund; Dr. & Mrs. David & Sandy Axelrod; Dr. Mary Custureri; Taylor & Seale Publishing; Writers Ink Press; Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc., Daytona Toyota, The Root Family, Walmart Community grants, Daytona Kia, and many more.




(Rain date, Sunday, October 8) 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Open mic, 1 to 2:30, free, all styles  welcome. Books, bric-a-brac, paintings,  unique clothing. All funds go to Creative Happiness Institute community arts and writing programs. Bring a lawn chair. 1104 Jacaranda Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118. For more information, contact Dr. Axelrod, 386-337-4567. Email: axelrod@creativehappiness.org     


Lenny Schneir (1941-2017) 

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Beginning with a slam at 7 p.m.  on October 12th, CHI will assist in a regular series of open mic poetry slams titled “Just Sayin’” where students will perform for prizes under the supervision of Professors Julius John and Jason Hood.

Dr. Axelrod, CHI’s director, has been invited to judge some of the slams and will  use the venue to offer participation in both the Volusia County Poet Laureate Mentoring Program and other CHI events. The B-CU slams are scheduled throughout the academic year:

November 9th, followed by a holday/semester break. Then, February 8th, March 8th and  April 19th Richard V. The slams will be held at Moore Community Center Black Box Theatre, 554 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. For more information, contact Jason Hood, 386-481-2386, hoodj@cookman.edu.

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Free Writing Lessons

On October 21 young poets and writers can meet the first of the young poets to have a free chapbook published as part of Dr. David B. Axelrod’s Volusia County Poet Laureate Young Poets Mentoring Program. Workshops will meet on 3rd Saturday from 2 to 4:00 p.m. at the home offices of Creative Happiness Institute, 1104 Jacaranda Avenue, Daytona Beach 32118.

Dates for fall workshops: October 21, November 18, and December 16.

Young writers can share their writing, practice performing, and get pointers from experienced, well-published authors. The meetings are free and open to everyone. There is also a chance to join a competitive slam team. Go to creativehappiness.org for more information or contact: Dr. Axelrod, axelrod@creativehappiness.org, phone 386-337-4567.

Made possible in part by  grant to CHI from the

Volusia County Cultural Council


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Postponed until a later date:

Kevin Campbell, CHI’s slam coordinator and founder of Breaking Bad Slam, has put his monthly slam performances on hold to restructure the events. September 29 and October 11 events are cancelled. We will inform you of new dates but for now, we encourage you to attend our other slam/poetry events and patronize our host establishments, SOUL FOODS in Daytona Beach, and THE ABBEY in DeLand.

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CHI &Thank You Five Theatre present


Saturday, October 28, 7 to 10 p.m.


$50 Prize for best costume.
Music, Open Mic

Join Scott Velazco, David B. Axelrod, Michael Bates and his band and slam featurist Curtis Meyer for a wild and crazy evening. Come in costume. Plan to perform. Admission is $5.00. TY5 Theater is located at 4606 Clyde Morris Blvd. in Port Orange (Unit 2N) and can be reached at 386-295-5695. For more information on the entertainment and the open mic, Email David xelrod, axelrod@creativehappiness.org, or call 386-337-4567.

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Bethune-Cookman University presents “I’m Just Sayin,’” an open mic and poetry slam contest, cosponsored by CHI, starting at 7 pm. on October 12 and November 9, starting at 7 p.m. ater. Prizes for winners. Richard V. Moore Community Center Black Box Theatre, 554 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114 For more information, contact: Mr. Jason Hood, Coordinator Department of Communication Studies, Theatre, & Dance School of Performing Arts & Communication, 386-481-2386, hoodj@cookman.edu

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Dylan Emerick-Brown, CHI’s public-school coordinated, has arranged an internship for his high school’s students and members of his creative writing club, Howl. Students will participate in a book-publishing project, learning to edit, format and guide a full book publication to release. Efforts will include arranging for book publicity as well.

The book, City Dwellers, chronicles the struggles of an actual young Nigerian poet, Akpa Arinzechukwu, trying to survive in a country that has made homosexuality illegal. Advanced reviews offer high praise for the poetry and the cause. The book will be published by Writers Ink Press and CHI’s sister non-profit organization, Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc. A celebration of the release book is planned for December.

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 December 10 Holiday Festivities

This year we will combine

BAMFest, our Books, Art Music Festival

with our popular Solstice celebration



Join us at The Casements, noon to 5 p.m. with 20+ artists, authors and crafts tables for holiday shopping. Entertainment starts at 1 p.m. featuring music and poetry. Rick DeYampert ensemble, Whirl Julia Truilo & singers, Open Mic, all styles welcome.

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 Dr. David B. Axelrod will offer a series of four writing workshops, “Write Well, Be Well,” cosponsored by Creative Happiness Institute Inc. and Atlantic Center for the Arts,  February 15, 22, March 1, 15, with a final performance evening on March 22. Workshops will be  held at ACA: ACA: Harris House | 214 South Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Phone: (386) 423-1753.

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CHI will join Dylan Emerick-Brown, our public-school coordinator, at the renowned Associated Writers Programs Conference to be held from March 7 to March 10, 2018, in Tampa, FL. Mr. Emerick-Brown is the Head of the Department of English at Deltona High School, and the founder/director of both Splash of Red Press and his school’s literary magazine, HOWL.

He has arranged a display table at the conference to showcase his students’ work with HOWL and a publishing internship with Writers Ink Press that will bring out two new poetry books. To see more about the program, visit the Splash of Red Collaboration.

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  1. Tomoka Poets also meets for a workshop at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month: Ormond Beach Library, 30 S. Beach Street, Ormond Beach. For more information, contact Mary-Ann Westbrook, 1poetry.3@gmail.com. If you would like a critique of a poem you are working on, bring between 6 to 10 copies to be passed around to participants. These are “gentle” critique sessions — no harsh, personal put downs; helpful suggestions only.
  2. Live Poets, Bob Blenheim conducts poetry workshops on the third Wednesday of each month.Until the City Island Library reopens after flood damage, workshops will be held at Ormond Beach Library, 30 S. Beach Street, Ormond Beach.For more information, call him at 386-506-9930.
  3. The Dan Pels Poetry Show is held on the 3rd Saturday each month, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at The Hub on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. Amazing venue, amazing fun! For more information, email pelsdan@gmail.com
  4. Tomoka Poets open mic evenings take place Barnes & Noble bookstore, International Speedway Blvd.  Last Tuesday each  month at 7 p.m. For more information email Mary-Ann Westbrook, 1poetry.3@gmail.com.
  5. Bob Calabrese conducts The Poets Corner Poetry Workshop of New Smyrna Beach each month at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. For more information, call (386) 427-3029.

Send us your events so we can list them: axelrod@poetrydoctor.org