David B. Axelrod

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David B. Axelrod (born July 29, 1943) is a Daytona Beach, Florida-based poet and author.

Early life and education[edit]

David B. Axelrod was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, where he lived until his college years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1965, a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars in 1966, an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1967, and his Ph. D. in not-for-profit program design and administration[1] from the online Union Institute in 1977.


He is the founder and director of Creative Happiness Institute, Inc. Axelrod is also the founder and vice president of Writers Unlimited Agency, an educational service which promotes the writing arts.[citation needed]

Awards and honors[edit]

In honor of his book ANOTHER WAY: Poems Derived from the Tao Te Ching, Axelrod was made a representative of the Wu Dang Temple’s American branch. From April 2007 through May 2009, he was selected to serve as Suffolk County, New York's Poet Laureate.

In the summer of 2009, he received the Hopkins' Society Award for his work with young authors from the Gerard Manley Hopkins Society at Newbridge College.

He has received three Fulbright Awards and he is the first Fulbright Award recipient to win back-to-back awards in two separate areas—serving first as Poet-in-Residence in Yugoslavia in 1989, and then Professor of American Literature at the University of Skopia in Macedonia from 1989-1990. He also served as America's representative at the Struga Poetry Evenings where he was awarded their 1989 poetry prize. He received a third Fulbright Award, as the first official Poet-in-Residence appointed in the People’s Republic of China in 1993.

Personal life[edit]

He lived on Long Island from 1969 to 2009.

Book publications[edit]

2009. HOW TO APOLOGIZE. Paradise Island Press: Okinawa and Indiana, USA.
2008. DECIDUOUS POEMS. Ahadada Books: Ontario and Japan.
2007. THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF DREAMS. Ahadadabooks: Ontario, Canada.
2004. ANOTHER WAY:POEMS DERIVED FROM THE TAO TE CHING. Karma Dog Editions: Boulder, Colorado
2001. RANDOM BEAUTY. Amereon House: Mattituck, New York.
2001. LOVE IN THE KEYS, second edition. Ai Press, Long Island Publishers Services: Selden, New York.
1995. 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, New York.
1991. LOVE IN THE KEYS: New Poems. Ai Press: Selden, NY.
1989. RESURRECTIONS: New Poems. Bilingual, Macedonian- English. New World Pres: 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: Trapani, Sicily.
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.


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