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Curriculum Vita: Dr. David B. Axelrod                                                (2015)

Address: 1104 Jacaranda Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Landline: 386-492-2409

Cell: 386-337-4567

Email: axelrod@creativehappiness.org

Profession: Author/Poet, Arts Administrator

Notary Public, State of Florida


Director of American Poets and Writers

PEN America

MARQUIS’ WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA (2011-2016 editions)


ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS (Listed as Florida Poet)

Papers and Collected Works archived at UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, curated by William Heyen

Included in five editions of X. J. Kennedy’s INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE






Poetry sampler at: http://thebestpoetry.org


Volusia County Poet Laureate, 2015-2019. Serving a half-million person constituency to promote, poetry, creativity and greater literacy.

Founder/Director, Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., a 501-c-3 charitable, educational corporation serving the public with programs in the arts, culture and alternative healing.

Vice President (Founder and past President), Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc., a 501-c-3 charitable, educational corporation serving the public with programs in the writing arts.

Treasurer, Motor Racing Heritage Association, a 501-c-3 charitable, educational organization serving the public with programs to preserve the history of auto racing in Daytona Beach and Volusia County, Florida.

President, 3WS World Wide Writers Services, fostering creativity and free speech through a network of international authors.

Editor/Publisher, Writers Ink Press, an alternative, arts press publishing poetry, special topics in short-run editions.

Named Elder and Advisor to DaoUSA, first American Daoist Temple. Honorary Daoist Priest.


Performances in Vienna and London, November-December, 2015.

Open Mic coordinator at Florida Council for the Arts, “Other Words Conference” (Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL).

Lifetime Honours, Naji Naaman Foundation. Award for lifetime of work, “Peace through Culture.”

Winner, 2015 Coalition of Visionary Resources COVR Award, best biography/autobiography.

Winner of Florida Book Awards Gold Medal for nonfiction for the book he co-authored and edited, Merlin Stone Remembered.

Long Island Writers Group Founders Award for outstanding service in the establishment of LIWG and its First Wednesday literary programs.

Honored on the floor of the Florida State Senate, poem of Dr. Axelrod’s read into the record by Senator Dorothy Hukill on the occasion of the passage of enabling legislation which Dr. Axelrod helped draft for a new Florida State Poet Laureate.

Poet-in-residence at the Out-the-Door Academy, St. Augustine, Florida.

Sponsor and director, Daytona Beach 2014 Mayor’s Poetry Series, presenting six prominent Florida poets at six different Daytona Beach venues between January and May.

Featured at the Universal Consciousness Festival (Estes Park, Colorado), workshop in “The Healing Power of Poetry.”

Featured at Florida State Poets Association Convention, workshop in “The Healing Power of Poetry.”

Florida Council for the Arts, “Other Words Conference” (Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL) 2014 workshop in defense of “Free Speech and the Alternative Press.”

Cosponsor and performer at Justice for All Coalition “Protest Against Mass Incarceration,” two Deland, FL rallies.

Cosponsor, emcee &/or performer at twenty poetry programs and slams in Daytona Beach and in Volusia County, Florida, including Cinematique Poetry Slam series.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (See full bibliography below.)

Featured interview: Small Press Review (Spring, 2015)

 Rusting: Ways to Keep Living (Taylor and Swift). Dr. Axelrod’s 21st book of poetry.

 Merlin Stone Remembered: Her Life and Works (Llewellyn Worldwide). Dr. Axelrod is co-author and editor of a critical biography about the feminist pioneer and author of When God Was a Woman.

Another Way: Poems Derived from the Tao Te Ching (Mighty Rogue Press), new edition of poems responding to the ancient Taoist philosophy.

How to Publish Your Poetry Book (Writers Ink Press), pamphlet guide for beginners to warn them away from the pitfalls of vanity presses and assist them in preparation of their own book.

2015 Florida Poetry Calendar (Creative Happiness Editions), continuation for a third year of Florida poets together with art photography. Dr. Axelrod, editor and publisher.

Periodical Publications, 2014-15: Negative Capabilities; Long Island Quarterly; Xanadu; Small Press Review; Daytona News-Journal; Rhyme & Punishment; Poets for Peace Anthology; Performance Poets Anthology.


Academy American Poets; Poets & Writers Directory; PEN American Center (since 1976); Editorial Board, Small Press Review; Long Island Writers Group (Honorary Board Member); Ormond Beach Arts District; Tomoka Poets; Cinematique Arts Cinema; Justice for All Coalition; Motor Racing Heritage Association; Halifax Historical Museum; Heritage Preservation Trust of Volusia County; Living Legends of Auto Racing; Association for Chinese-American Enrichment; DaoUSA; MACDeland Poetry Slams; Celebrity Authors on the Beach; University of Massachusetts Class of 1965 Reunion Committee.



1995  THE CHI OF POETRY, NEW & SELECTED POEMS. Published  as an American/Chinese joint venture with a special grant from  Fulbright and  United States Information Agency.

1993-1994 1st Fulbright Poet-in-Residence in China. Over twenty performances in Liao Ling, Shenzehn, Beijing,  Guangzhou,  Changsha, JiangLai, Chengdu, Mianyang, and Hong Kong among others.

1993-1994 Fulbright Lecturer, Guangzhou Foreign Language University. Invited to help establish an American Studies  Program;  lecturer in American Literature, American Film and Culture.

1993-1994 Served as Warden for American citizens in Guangzhou, assisting with foreign expert safety and living conditions.

1993 THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE. Poems. Birnham Woods Press,  Northport, N.Y., published with funding from U.S.I.A. and Fulbright.

1989-1990 Only American to ever hold two consecutive Fulbright Scholar  Awards in separate areas: Poet-at-Large, the Professor of American  Literature.  Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Serbia and  Macedonia.

1989 RESURRECTIONS. Poems. Published bi-bilingual in Macedonian and  English by Government of Macedonia, with the funding and assistance of  Fulbright and the United States Information Agency.

1988 Selected by U.S.I.A. as sole representative of United States at  Struga  Writers Festival. Winner of Struga Poetry Award.


1977 Ph.D., Writing Arts, Literature Program Design &  Administration,  Creative Writing. Union Institute.

1968 M.F.A., Poetry, Journalism. The Writers Workshops, University of  Iowa.

1966 M.A., Literature, Theater and Creative Writing, Poetry; The  Writing  Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University.

1965 B.A., English. Journalism. University of Massachusetts,  Amherst.

1961 Honors Diploma. Beverly High School, Beverly, Massachusetts.


Volusia County Poet Laureate, 2015-2019.

Continuing, since 2009, Founder and Director, Creative Happiness Institute, Inc.

Continuing, since 2014, Elder, advisor to DaoUSA, American Daoist Temple, Estes Park, Colorado.

Continuing, since 1978, Publisher, Writers Ink Press. Alternative press  publishing  contemporary literature and arts news.

Suffolk County Poet Laureate, 2007-2009.

2009 Co-Founder, now Honorary member of Board of Directors, Long Island Authors Group  (LIAG).

Continuing, since 1990, Founder and President of 3WS World Wide Writers Services.

Continuing, since 1978, Founder and publisher of Writers Ink Press.

Continuing, since 2010, Vice President of Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc. (Founder and President, 1976- 2010).

2004-2008 On-line professor, teaching 5 courses in 5 platforms  including SUNY Learning network; Blackboard; D2L system.

1969-2008 Senior Professor, English, Suffolk College, division of  State University of New York. Literature, Media and Communications,  Creative Writing.

2004-2008 Selected to design on-line course for The Art of Poetry as  part of the SUNY Learning Network. Now maintaining seven on-line  courses from Developmental to Creative and Technical Writing.

2002-2003 Completed training for asynchronous/on-line courses.  Designing  courses in Creative Writing and Poetry now offered through SUNY.

2002 Grant for development of on-line course in Creative Writing.

2001 National performance and workshop series.

1999-2000 Grant for Excellence in Teaching, SUNY Suffolk College.  Sponsor of visiting writers: Li Young Lee; Peter Matthiessen.

2000 Recipient of Abraham Schenck Foundation grant for poetry.

1999 Established poetrydoctor.org to provide credit and non-credit  on-line  courses and service for writers.

1997 Co-founder, Vice President, Association for Chinese American  Enrichment.  Not-for-profit educational society promoting cultural exchange and  goodwill  between U.S. and China.

1996-2004 Co-Editor, Chi for Longevity. Newsletter for students of  Chi Gong and Tai Chi.

1995 Sponsor of First Annual Long Island Poetry Marathon.

1994 Included in new anthology of Long Island Poetry (William Heyen,  Editor).

1995 Selected by Suffolk College as Distinguished Professor for  features in  Perspectives. Selected by Newsday for feature as “Star in his  teaching  galaxy.” Cited by President John Cooper as exemplary faculty member  before Suffolk County Legislature and at various educational events through academic year.

1994-1997 Served as faculty coordinator for Loyalist College,  Canadian sister-school program. Served as faculty coordinator of  International Projects  Committee.

1995-1996 Three separate lecture series in Hong Kong, as poet and  freelance journalist and with authorization to pursue sister-school  agreement with Shue Yan College of Hong Kong for exchange of students and faculty.

1996 Designated by President Cooper to attend “Global Issues in  Community  College Education” conference at SUNY Binghamton.

1995 Young Poets programs for Smithtown Library System.

1993 Award for Outstanding Arts Programs. Westhampton Writers Guild.  Presented at 8th Annual International Writers Festival.

1990 Distinguished Lecturer, Nassau-Suffolk Library Assoc. Great  Books Series.

1990-continuing  Founder, Director, 3WS, World Wide Writers’  Service, cont. providing network for international authors as well  as workshops such as Annual “Travel Literature” Seminar, Key West, Florida.

1991-1997 Contributing Writer, Anton Publications. Articles  serialized in seventeen Long Island weekly newspapers.

1989-1993  Sponsor of Westhampton Writers Festival, events and  evenings,  spanning the writing arts.

1975-1976  Director, numerous writers; conferences, e.g..  “Breaking In: How to Sell Your Writing, ” “The Business of the Arts,  ” funded by U.S. Small  Business Administration.

1975-1990 Director, Suffolk, Long Island International Writers  Conferences featuring over fifteen countries and forty languages.

1985-1986  Poetry Editor, BROADSIDE, international folksong  magazine, featuring  such personalities as Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Allen Ginsburg.

1975-1990  Editorial Board, Cross-Cultural Communications.  Coordinated literary tours and performances.

1976-1990  President, Alliance of New York Writers &  Publishers, Inc. Literary Agency.

1975-2009  Director and President, Writers Unlimited Agency,  Inc. Not-for-Profit Writers Service. Now serving as Vice President  for Florida Programs.

1980-2007  Freelance, feature writer. NEW YORK TIMES, Long  Island Section. Feature & Editorial, NEWSDAY.

1979-1981  Co-Director, New York Institute of Technology  Certificate Program in Writing.

1979-1984  Fellow, International Institute for Creative  Communications, Florida International University.

1975-1979  Editor-in-chief, THE WORD, Newsletter of Faculty  Association of Suffolk College. Founder, Director, Evening College  Teachers Union.

1973-1978  Board of Directors, East End Council for the Arts &  Humanities. Helped raise $100,000 for the arts.

1978-1979  Founder, Editor, MAIN STREET PRESS. Publishers  of arts editions: Stafford, Simpson, Ferlinghetti.

1978  Poet in Residence for Virginia Arts Council, Poets in  Schools programs.

1975-1978  President, Director of Community Center for Arts,  North Shore Beach Association, Rocky Point, N.Y. Duties were  essentially those of a Mayor.

1972-1974  Consultant and Reviewer. Bobbs Merrill; Little,  Brown & Co.; Houghton Mifflin.

1974-1977  Director, C. W. Post Young Poets Workshops.

1970-1974  Poet-in-Residence, New York State Poets in the  Schools, Visiting poet, funded NYSCA.

1969-1973  Co-founder, Editor, STREET MAGAZINE, Street Press.  Publishers of Long Island literature and arts.

1969-1975  Board of Directors, Editor, NORTH SHORE BEACH NEWS.  North Shore Beach Association, Inc.

1966-1969 Teaching Assistant; Certified in master teaching programs:  Pennsylvania Sate and University Iowa.

1962-1965  Public Relations Office, Editor of COLLAGE,  University of  Massachusetts. Creative Writing Specialist, New York City’s literary  program center, 92nd St. YM & WHA. Director, Federal Cultural  Enrichment Programs, Pennsylvania and Skidmore College.


2014 MERLIN STONE REMEMBERED. Llewellyn Worldwide: Woodbury, MN.

2014 RUSTING: WAYS TO KEEP LIVING. Taylor and Seale: Daytona Beach Shores, FL.

2014 HOW TO PUBLISH YOUR POETRY BOOK. Writers Ink Press: Daytona Beach, FL.

2014 ANOTHER WAY: POEMS DERIVED FROM THE TAO TE CHING. New Edition. Mighty Rogue Press: Boulder, CO.



2009 HOW TO APOLOGIZE. Paradise Islands Press: Okinawa and Anderson,  IN.

2008 DECIDUOUS POEMS. Ahadada Books: Tokyo and Ontario, Canada.

2007 THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF DREAMS: New Poems. Ahadada Books: 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: Cutchogue, 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:  Northport, Long Island, 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.


2015 ETERNAL SNOW: An Anthology of Poems Originating from Yuyu Sharma’s Works. Kathmandu, Nepal.

2014 THIRTY-THREE: An[niversary] Anthology. Sue Brennan Walker, editor. Negative Capability Press: Mobile, Alabama.

2013 PAUMANOK INTERWOVEN. Kathaleen Donnely, ed. Island Sound Press: St. James, NY.

2011 THE (UN)OCCUPY MOVEMENT: Autonomy of Consciousness, Practical Solutions, Human Equality. Walter E. Harris III (Mahnk), editor. All Books: Selden, NY.

2010 TOWARD FORGIVENESS. Gayl Teller, ed. Writers Ink Press.

2010 PRISM: BYSTANDERS. A Human Rights Anthology. (Charles Fishman, editor. Prism International: scheduled publication, 4/2010.)

2009 PAUMANOK POEMS AND PICTURES. Kathaleen Donnelly, ed., Cross-Cultural Communications.

2006-2009  LONG ISLAND LIGHT: Northsea Poetry Scene Anthology,  ed. Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan. Also included in issues starting 2006.


2007 BLOOD TO REMEMBER: AMERICAN POETS ON THE HOLOCAUST. Charles Fishman, ed. Time Being Books.

2006 LONG ISLAND: LIGHT OF CITY AND SEA. North Sea Poetry Group: North Sea, NY.

2005 MARSHLAND: Accepted to appear in a Wetlands Preservation Anthology. Maxwell Wheat, ed.

2005 KISS YOUR BUTTS GOODBYE: Accepted to appear in a Stop-smoking Anthology.

2005 DREAM LONG ISLAND. Barbara Reiher-Myers. ed.

2003 CONNELLAN CELEBRATION: In honor Leo Connellan. (Univ. of  Connecticut Press).

2000 URBAN NATURE: Anthology of nature in the city. (Milkwood Press).

1994 BEST OF LONG ISLAND: Anthology of first five years of the L.I.  Quarterly. William Heyen, editor. Birnham Woods Graphics, Northport, NY.

1994 IN AUTUMN: Anthology of L. I. Poetry. George Wallace, ed. Birnham Woods Graphics, Northport, NY.

1991 PREPOSTEROUS: Poems of Youth, Ed. Paul B. Janeczko. Orchard Books: New York, NY.

1989 101 PORTRAITS OF POETS, Rose Graubart, Ed. & Illustrator. Cross-Cultural Communications: Merrick, NY.

1989 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE. INTRODUCTION TO POETRY. Included in all eight (9) editions. Dana Gioia & X.J. Kennedy, editors. Little, Brown & Co.: Boston.

1986 SUTURED WORDS: Contemporary Poetry about Medicine. Jon Mukland, editor. Aviva Press: Brookline, MA.

1984 MONEY ENCYCLOPEDIA. Harvey Rachlin, editor. Harper & Row, Co.: New York, NY. (Financial reference work includes 40 pages of my writing.)

1984 STRINGS: A Gathering of Family Poems. Paul B. Janeczko, ed. Bradbury Press: Scarsdale, NJ.

1983 ISLAND LIGHT: Long Island Poetry. Adie Meyer Sanders, editor. Suffolk County Tercentennial Committee: Hauppauge, NY.

1982 POETS AND ARTISTS: Poets & Artists of the Region Collaborating, Anthology and Showing. Guild Hall Museum: Easthampton, NY.

1981 PAUMANOK RISING: An Anthology of Eastern Long Island Aesthetics. V. Clemente, G. Everett editors. Street Press: Port Jefferson, NY.

1978 VAGABOND ANTHOLOGY: 1966-1977. John Bennett, ed. Vagabond Press: Ellensburg, WA.

1976 RENDEZVOUS WITH THE SEA. Robert Olmsted, ed. Northwoods Press: Bigfork, MN.

1975 BICENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY, James Scrimgeour, ed. Northern Illinois University Press: IL.

1965 ET AL: Anthology of College Poetry. Henry Paper, ed. Poetry Congress Press: Lewisburg, PA.


OVER FIVE HUNDRED PUBLICATIONS in more than 400 different periodicals, journals, newspapers and on-line magazines, including:  NEW YORK TIMES, NEWSDAY, BOSTON GLOBE, NY DAILY NEWS, NEGATIVE CAPABILITY, KARAMU; KANSAS QUARTERLY, NEW LETTERS, WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW, ROGUE SCHOLARS,  POETRY BAY, BIG CITY, PEDESTAL, CONFRONTATION, LONG ISLAND  QUARTERLY, LIPS, FOOTWORK. For more complete bibliography, see four pages of “Acknowledgments” from CHI OF POETRY: New & Selected Poems.


2013-2015 Ten poems in German in Austria and Germany.

2011 Six poems in German in Austrian periodical.

2009 Yiddish translation of Gerard Manley Hopkins poem published  on-line by Gerard Manley Hopkins Society.

A special bilingual collection consisting of my poems in English,  Chinese prepared for publication for my travel to China, Guangzhou,  Hong Kong and Beijing.

OVER THREE HUNDRED POEMS translated and published internationally in fourteen languages including: Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, Albanian, German, French, Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew, Sicilian, Italian,  Russian, Romanian, Swahili, Chinese; Turkish; Gaelic.

TWENTY PERFORMANCES AND LECTURES in capacity of Fulbright’s first official poet-in-residence in PRC, throughout China.

OVER FORTY PUBLICATIONS and performances for Fulbright in Yugoslavia.

“An Interview with Isaac Bashevis Singer, ” TEL AVIV REVIEW, TelAviv, Israel, (August, 1988).

WINNER, STRUGA FESTIVAL AWARD POETRY CONTEST for “In My Friend’s Village; “Struga Poetry Festival, ” Article and poem published in OKO, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, September, 1988.

“Poesia Inediti di David B. Axelrod, ” Full page featuring my work, TRAPANI NUOVO, Trapani, Sicily, Italy, August, 1988. Full page features in TRAPANI NUOVO. (1979, 1988).


2015 Voluisa County Poet Laureate, first place in screening by selection committee.

2015 Florida Book Award Gold Medal for nonfiction.

2015 Coalition of Visionary Resources COVR Award. First place for biography.

2014 Founder’s Award, Long Island Authors Group.

2011 Recognition Award at testimonial dinner, North Sea Poetry Scene.

2009 Selected Creative Writing Director, Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival, International Youth Institute. Grant from Suffolk College, SUNY.

2009 Honored by Suffolk County for his work with Young Poets Mentoring Program.

2007-2009 Official Suffolk County Poet Laureate (two-year term).

2007 Sabbatical Award to write new book of poems.

2006 Honored for 30 years of contributions to Arts and Poetry by Long Island Poetry Collective on the occasion of their 30th Anniversary.

2006 Oberon Foundation, honors for poetry.

2006 Abraham Schenck Foundation grant for new book of poems.

2005 Selected to design on-line course, The Art of Poetry, as part of SUNY Learning Network.

2004 Ronkonkoma Poetry Prize.

2004 Rogue Scholars Poetry Award.

2003 Grant for development of on-line creative writing courses, SUNY.

2000 Abraham Schenck Foundation grant for poetry publication.

2000 SUNY Suffolk College grant and award for preparation and publication of new book of poetry.

1996 Selected to speak at Conference on Asian Studies, Madison, Wisconsin.

1996 Selected by Newsday for feature as “Star in his teaching galaxy.”

1995 Selected by Suffolk College as Distinguished Professor for features in Perspectives. Kubrisch Award nominee for promotion of International understanding.

1995 Selected to speak at International Civic and Development Program of Community Colleges, Orlando, Florida.

1994 Featured for excellence in teaching and contribution to international studies in PERSPECTIVES college journal. Major features in VILLAGE TIMES and CITIZEN JOURNAL.

1995 Honored for community service by Middle Country Library System.

1993-1994  Fulbright Award as first Poet-in-Residence in People’s Republic of China.

1993 Special Award for Excellence in Arts Programs. Westhampton International Writers Festival.

1992 Award for Distinguished Service and Director of Suffolk College, State University of N.Y., Visiting Writers Program, The Writers Club.

1990  Featured presenter in WRIV-TV Cable TV 2009 “Ideas and Images, ” Literature series.

1991 Recipient, Island Publishing Award and Suffolk College, SUNY Certificate of Merit for contribution to arts as sponsor of 15 years of creative writing programs.

1990  Selected to perform before United Nations as part of International Poetry Series as translator of Yugoslav and Macedonian poetry.

1989-1990 Fulbright Poet-at-large, Yugoslavia. Fulbright Lecture, University of Skopje, Macedonia.

1988  America’s sole representative at Struga Poetry 1989 Evenings. Poetry Festival award for best poem. Performed at opening & closing ceremonies (on bridge) featured numerous TV & radio shows.

1988-1990 Grant for performance tour throughout Sicily from Antigruppo Siciliano including nine performances, two television appearances and Honorary Medals for poetry, cities of Castellemarre del Gulfo (Circolo Culturale I. Pirandello) and Citte di Balestrate.

1987 Suffolk College Award: “Outstanding Advisor, The Writers Club.”

1986 State University of New York Research Grant.

1985 Official Proclamation: April 24 & 25th named “David B. Axelrod Days, ” by Suffolk County Executive in honor of fifteen years of “meritorious service to arts and for his literary work.”

1985 Citation for Contribution to Arts: Town of Brookhaven, Long Island.

1985 Creative Arts Service Award, as Director, Long Island International Writers Conference.

1982 New York State Council on the Arts and Committee on Small Magazine, Editors and Publishers (COSMEP) Grant. Filmed, scripted, edited documentary: “19th Annual Alternative Press Book Fair.”

1981 C. W. Post College, Academy of American Poets Award for the poem “The Vandal.” Award presented by Richard Wilbur.

1979-1980 Virginia Council on the Arts Grant as poet-in-residence. Three programs as visiting writer.

1979 Cultural Exchange Grant, Cross-Cultural Communications, Antigruppo Siciliano, Trapani, Sicily. On tour for 30 days, 28 public performances and appearances on Radio, TV as visiting writer/poet.

1979 Medal for the Arts, for poetry and contributions to Italo-American friendship. Presented by Mayor for City of Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

1975-1978  America the Beautiful Foundation, grant director of community arts newsletter to serve North Shore Beach, Long Island, NY.

1972-1990 Annual recipient of Poets & Writers, Inc. funding for over 100 poetry performances and director for visiting writers’ programs.

1977-1979  Suffolk County Grant for Cultural Programs. The Troupe: Poetry, Mime, Music Performances.

1976-1978  Suffolk County Cultural Affairs Committee Awards; Arts Program sponsor, director, 12 programs in creative writing, poetry.

1975-1979  Grant for Writing Programs. New York State Council for the Arts, Literature Panel, including poetry and periodical publications.

1974 United Teachers Press Award, in national competition: Best News Story and Best Editorial.

1967-1969 Full Scholarship, Writing Workshops, University of Iowa.

1966-1967  Full Scholarship, Writing Workshops, Pennsylvania State University.

1965-1966 Gilman Fellowship, Theater. The Writers Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University.

1964-1965 Honors Program, Amherst College/Four College undergraduate studies, University of Massachusetts.

1964 Annual Playwriting Award, University of Massachusetts.

1963-1964  National Collegiate Journalism Award, Best College Newspaper, as Editor-in-Chief of tri-weekly news. University of Massachusetts.


Continuing poetry workshops, master classes, performance nationally, including video feature on WFSU TV; WCTU TV; featured, 2015 performance at Walt Whitman Birthplace (Huntington, NY); Flagler College; Innisfree Bookstore (Boulder, CO); Bird and Beckett Book Store in San Francisco; Workshop and Performance at Gerard Manley Hopkins Summer Festival, Monasterevin, Ireland; North Sea Poetry Scene; Huntington Poetry Barn; Stevenson Academy; Ethnic Pen Conference; numerous others. 1990s included work international to promote CHINA JOURNALS. TV and radio throughout U.S. speaking on politics, trade, human rights, the arts and medicine in China. PERFORMANCES IN HONG KONG AND PRC. January and July- August. Poetry, book and freelance author’s lectures. Twenty performances in six provinces of China and in Hong Kong as well as on Voice of America/China, and United States Information Agency American Centers in Guangzhou, Beijing and Chengdu.

TV AND RADIO: WFSU TV, WUCF TV, WLIW TV, WCJB TV; WELE Goliath Radio; Throughout China, Hong Kong; Europe emanating from Struga and on TV Novi Sad; Radio Yugoslavia. From Tunisia to Rome via TV Mazara Del Vallo and Trapani. On Radio Italy and widely on radio in Sicily; As poet, arts host, &/or arts producer in Sweden, Amsterdam, England, Australia, Ireland, France, Germany. In the U.S. on National Public Radio, featured on “All Things Considered” and on hundreds of radio broadcasts including WNYC, WABC, WBLI, WBAB, WALK. Regularly as arts host and poet on U.S. cable channels. On CBS, NBC, PBS, WOR, WPIX. Frequent appearances on Cablevision Riverhead/Long Island channels.
LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES, lectures, guest workshops as poet, professor, tax expert, comedian with an audience of millions.

American Library Association; CUNY, New Jersey Library Association; United Nations Poetry Series. Flagler College, Florida Institute of Technology, Grinnell, Amherst, Johns Hopkins, C.W. Post, Hofstra, Adelphi, Dowling, Southampton, Brooklyn College, American University, Harriman, Eckerd, Universities of Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Mexico, Delaware, Maryland, Iowa, Johns Hopkins, Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Tampa, among others; NY Institute of Technology; State University of New York at Farmingdale, at Stony Brook, at Plattsburg, at Albany, at Utica, at Syracuse; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, C. W. Post campus, Long Island University.

Catskills Mountains Literary Festival, North Sea Poetry Series, Passaic, Suffolk, East End Huntington, Islip Arts Councils, Brooklyn & Herkesher Museums. Too many others to innumerate. Private academies including Out the Door Academy, Worcester, Chatham, The Gunnery, South Kent, Darlington School, Fay School, Stony Brook School and Canterbury Academy; Berkley Preparatory and many others. Annual Alternative Press Book fairs; four International Writing Conferences; fifteen Suffolk, Long Island Writers Conferences; Dozens of public libraries including NY Public Library and Nassau-Suffolk Library Association; Volusia Libraries.


BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, COLLECTED PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS, curator, William Heyen., for University of Rochester Contemporary Authors’ Collection. Papers and bibliography archived at Southampton College, now part of SUNY Stony Brook Poetry Center collection. Books, extensive periodical publications archived at Suffolk College, Selden, NY and State University of New York, Brockport, NY.

2006-cont. Wikipedia

1976-cont. Elected to Membership, P.E.N. America.

1978-cont. Elected Member, Poetry Society of America.

1977-cont. Academy of American Poets.

Listed in every edition of DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN POETS AND WRITERS since I helped support and publicize the start of Poets & Writers, Inc. in early 1970s.


WHO’S WHO IN THE EAST (since 1974).

CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS (three editions since 1974).





Listed here are the highest levels of skills reached in my course of study. With foreign languages, it is always “use it or lose it.” I would hope, with sufficient study, I could resume the same or a 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          5                   2                   3                   5

Macedonian  4                   3                   4                   4

Serbian          4                   3                    4                   4

Mandarin      3                   4                   2/4 *            5

Cantonese     4                   4                   5                   5

Other language studies: Greek, Latin.

Skills: 1= excellent; 2= good; 3= fair; 4= with assistance; 5= unable. *Pin yin, good; few simplified characters; no old style.


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