™BAMf​est​ Daytona                     2018

Honorees of BAMfest Daytona 2018

Communication leads to community, that is to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing. Rollo May

Our honorees value communication in its many forms, and they generously use their talents to build community. 

Dr. David Axelrod

          Dr. David B. Axelrod is a Volusia County, Florida, Poet Laureate (2015-2019). His 23rd and newest book is All Vows: New & Selected Poems (Nirala Press, 2017). Dr. Axelrod has published in hundreds of magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards including his being the first official Fulbright Poet-in-Residence in the People’s Republic of China.

          As principal author and editor of the critical biography, Merlin Stone Remembered (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2014) he won both a Gold Medal from the Florida Book Awards and a Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for the best biography.

Dr. Axelrod holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts; M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars; M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writing Workshops; and aPh.D. in non-profit program design and administration from Union Institute.

          Dr. Axelrod is a student of ten languages: English and German, Yiddish and Hebrew, French and Italian, Serbo-Croation and Macedonian, Mandarin and Cantonese. Each of these he studied formally and could speak acceptably—or, as he puts it, “I could make my way in the streets.” His poetry has been translated into and published in 15 languages.

          As a poet, he has been featured performer at the American Library Association; the United Nations; at least 50 colleges and universities; as the representative for the United States at the Struga International Poetry Festivals; as the winner of the Gerard Manley Hopkins Award in Ireland; the recipient of a Medal for the Arts in Sicily; as poet in residence for the State of Virginia; and as Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island. He is recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts; State University of New York; the America the Beautiful Foundation, and is winner of dozens of magazine contests and awards.

          He is president of 3WS World Wide Writers Services which agents and networks international authors. He is vice president for Florida operations for Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc., a non-profit writing-arts educational service. He is also publisher of the non-profit Writers Ink Press. He is secretary/treasure of the local Motor Racing Heritage Association (MRHA). He is on the board of directors of the Volusia County Cultural Alliance.

         Dr. Axelrod has had a long association with Florida, first living in Miami in 1957 & 58. He wintered for weeks at a time in Florida, mostly in Key West for many years. He own a home on John Anderson Drive in Ormond-by-the-Sea from 1980 to 1992. He now lives with his wife, Sandra Martin, in Daytona Beach, where he is founder and director of the Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that presents programs in creative writing and alternative wellness (www.creativehappiness.org).​ 

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