David B. Axelrod
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David B. Axelrod (born July 29, 1943) is a Daytona Beach, Florida-based poet and author. Axelrod won several awards and honors, including the Florida Book Award gold medal. He was appointed Volusia County Poet Laureate for the period 2015–2019.
Early life and education
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 from the Union Graduate School Union Institute in 1977.
Awards and honors
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, DaoUSA. From April 2007 through May 2009, he was selected to serve as Suffolk County, New York's Poet Laureate.
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.
Axelrod was appointed Volusia County Poet Laureate for the period 2015–2019.
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.
2013: Second Edition, THE SPEED WAY: POEMS ABOUT NASCAR AND GROWING UP AROUND CARS AND RACING. Total Recall Press: Friendswood, TX.
2011 THE SPEED WAY: POEMS ABOUT NASCAR AND GROWING UP AROUND CARS AND RACING. Total Recall Press: Friendswood, TX.
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.
- "Congratulations to our 2014 Florida Book Awards Winners!" at Florida Book Awards website
- Florida Department of State. "Secretary Detzner Honors Florida Heritage Award Winners" (press release #850.245.6471) March 11, 2015.
- Florida Humanities Council. Forum: The Magazine of the Florida Humanities Council (FHC Forum) Vol. XXXIX No. 2, Summer 2015
- Directory of American Poets and Writers
- "David B. Axelrod" at PEN America website