Apr 122011

WATCH FOR NEWS and photos of Dr. Axelrod’s performances in Vienna and London, November 18- December 2.



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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 from the Cultural Council of Volusia County.

THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS! Mike L. Mullins Construction; 3WS World Wide Writers Services; Dan & Jeanette Pels; Tomoka Poets; Lenny Schneir; Dr. & Mrs. David & Sandy Axelrod; Dr. Mary Custureri; Taylor & Seale Publishing; Writers Ink Press; Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc., Daytona Toyota.

September 20 reading, book launch by Dylan Emerick Brown at Arts on Douglas: 2 to 3:30. Dylan is winner of the Writers Unlimited Young Poets Award, the prize for which is the publication of his first book, American Exodus. For more information about the book and   celebration, contact Dr. Axelrod, email Axelrod@creativehappiness.org, or call 386-337-4567. Arts on Douglas is at 123 Douglas Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168, phone (386) 428-1133. (Scroll down for more details.)

October 31, Halloween Slam at Cinematique: 9:30 p.m., $5 admission. 242 S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach. Special feature, award-winning slammer, Ed Mabrey. Kevin Campbell’s MACDeLand, a nationally sanctioned series, will finalize their competitive team at the slam. COSTUMES AND PROPS encouraged for the party. Sponsored by Cinematique, with co-sponsor CHI and emcee Dr. David   B. Axelrod. First prize, $50 cash. Second Prize, $25 Cinematique gift certificate. First 12 to register can compete. Contact Axelrod@creativehappiness.org to pre-register. Watch for our Halloween Slam, costumes and props allowed, October 31; Hair of the Dog New Year Slam, January 2.   (Scroll down for more details.)

November 18 BAM Fest at the Port Orange & South Daytona Chamber of Commerce: 3:00    to 8 p.m., admission free. BAM stands for “Books, Art, Music.” Come hear great music, meet local artists and authors. Shop for your holiday gifts. Co-sponsored by Daytona AWE, CHI, Taylor & Seale. 3431 Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange 32129. Contact Dr. Mary Custureri, 386-760-8987.



On Saturday, October 31, MACDeLand Slam joins with Creative Happiness Institute for a Halloween party complete with costumes, free candy, a special guest feature: ED MABREY. We will also have one more competition to name the MACDeland team that will go to the Nationals, to be held in Washington, D.C., next August. Come to compete or cheer on your favorite poets.  The party competition begins a little earlier this time–at 9:00 p.m., and is open to all spoken-word poets. First prize is $50. Second prize is a $25 Cinematique gift certificate. Admission for the evening is just $5.

Poetry slams are an opportunity for poets to show off their talent in competition. The first 12 poets to reserve a spot will compete. If time allows, the general public can read a poem at an open mic. Members of the audience can participate as time keepers and judges, or just cheer the competitors on.

Kevin Campbell, director of MACDeLand Slams, offers winning poets the chance to join his team and travel to national competitions. Local poet, David B. Axelrod, director of the Creative Happiness Institute (CHI), will be there to emcee.

“We have been able to hire many of our slam winners as featured poets at our other events,” Axelrod explains. “Cinematique originated the series and pays the prizes. MACDeLand and CHI hope we can help launch poetry careers.”

The event is made possible, in part, by a Cultural Council of Volusia County grant. Cinematique is located at 242 South Beach St. For competition rules, go to the website at http://www.cinematique.org/spoken-word/. For more information and to register to compete, contact Dr. Axelrod, 386-337-4567 or email Axelrod@creativehappiness.org.

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Wednesday, October 7, the Dan Pels Poetry Show will feature Rosella Stern from Ormond Beach, and Logan Anderson from Orlando. Joining them will be singer, Lorale, well known for her stylish jazz selections. Those in attendance are encouraged to dance to her music.

Rosella, recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts awards, is the author of seven books, most recently, Preliminary Kaddish. In addition to her widely-published poems and well-received artwork, she has taught college creative writing and directed a women’s center.

Logan is a frequent performer in the Orlando poetry and slam scene. He is a customer education & media specialist at “PHresh KITCHEN,” as well as an actor, and his poems are as diverse as his employment.

Emcee, Dan Pels, is a well-published author who follows the surrealistic school of his native Paris. He performs bilingually in French and English and adds humor enough that the evening is like a Parisian salon. The event is sponsored by the Creative Happiness Institute with a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County.

The evening is open to the public, free, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wine-Me, 204 South Beach Street in Daytona Beach. There is a wide selection of the world’s wines starting at $4 per glass. For more information about the Dan Pels Poetry Show, call him at 386-846-7966. To contact the store, call 386-871-7769.

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Dan Pels Poetry Show, Dan Pels Telltale Evenings, first and second Wednesday evenings of each month. [Note: The TellTale Show has completed its season. Tune in next September for new programs!]  Performance poetry, stories, humor, plus jazz, music. In the tradition of the Parisian Salon. For more information, time and location, contact Dan Pels at 386-846-7966. Sponsored by Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., email axelrod@creativehappiness.org

Bob Blenheim continues his very successful poetry workshops on the first Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. of each month in the Board Room of the City Island Library, 105 E Magnolia Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 . Be sure to call Bob at 386-506-9930 or email him at rblenheim@aol.com to confirm that his workshop will be held.

Tomoka Poets have their open readings at Java Jungle at their new location, on the third Tuesday each month. 2450 So. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona, FL 32119 (386) 760-8969

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.

Fred Booth, also known as Travallion, and the Tomoka Poets will be hosting Poetry in the Park. Programs are complete for spring, 2014, but resume in the fall. Email for specifics for fall’s future venues: Freddie Booth <travallion@yahoo.com>

Sweet Marley’s at 214 South Beach Street Daytona Beach, FL. 32114, will be the scene for poetry events every Monday evening at 7 p.m.. Contact: (386) 310-7817

Bob Calabrese conducts The Poets Corner Poetry Workshop of New Smyrna Beach on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. For more information, call (386) 427-3029.

Watch for more news, press releases and calendar listings presented to you as a service by: www.creativehappiness.org; www.poetrydoctor.org.

Send news of events to, or for more information, contact Dr. David B. Axelrod at axelrodthepoet@yahoo.com or call 386-337-4567.