Curriculum Vita


Curriculum Vita: Dr. David B. Axelrod (4/2024)

Address: 1104 Jacaranda Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Landline: 386-492-2409. Mobile (preferred): 386-337-4567

Personal email:

Agent/business email:

Non-profit organization, as Director:

Profession: Author/Poet, Arts Administrator


NOTE: A full, and extensive CV is available at 


ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS first listed Dr. Axelrod in 1976.

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



Appointed Poet Laureate by Volusia County Commission, 2015-2024, continuing:

Mission: promoting, poetry, creativity and greater literacy.

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

Founder/Director of Volusia County Young Poets Mentoring Program.

President, 3WS World Wide Writers Services, literary/editorial agency fostering creativity and cultural exchange through a network of international authors.

Editor/Publisher, Writers Ink Press, a subdivision of Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., functioning as an alternative arts press, publishing poetry, and special topics in short-run editions.

Editor & Board Member, Back to the Roots Speed-Week events programs.

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


Featured at, presenter at, or sponsor of nearly three hundred (300) arts and literary events since August, 2015, including:

  • Composer of official lyrics for Daytona Beach March, Daytona Beach Concert Band.
  • Poetry performances and slams in Daytona Beach and in Volusia County, Florida.
  • Registered public-school volunteer and creative-writing tutor.
  • Guest poet at local colleges including Daytona State and Bethune-Cookman University.
  • Regular poetry and entertainment programing at The Casements arts center and Museum or Art, Ormond Beach writing workshops.
  • National Poetry Month Celebrations with Ormond Beach Arts District at The Casements.
  • Chriskwanzukkah annual multi-cultural holiday celebrations.
  • Write Boldly, Speak Freely Seminars.
  • Florida State Poets Association Convention, workshops, “The Healing Power of Poetry.”
  • Ormond Memorial Art Museum “Write Well, Be Well” Workshops.
  • Celebration of Life, memorial services.
  • Volusia County Young Poets Mentoring Program, including chapbook publications.
  • Lilian Place Winedown Lectures
  • Daytona State WISE (Senior-Citizens lectures).
  • Rotary and Women’s Junior League talks, performances and workshops.


Selected to perform at Sunset Series, Picolo Spoleto, Charleston, SC.

Honored for regional arts work by Daytona Writers Guild.

Featured poet, Southern Florida Poetry Journal (SOFLOPOJO).

Wisdom article, feature at

Named Ambassador of Naji Naaman’s Foundation  for promotion of international peace and          literature. Honours/Award for lifetime of work, “Peace through Culture.”

Winner, 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,

Certified 50-hour training certificate, Rapid Resolution Therapy Institute. Techniques to enhance        the healing power of writing.

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.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (See full bibliography below.)

Mother Tongue: New Poems (North Sea Publications, fall, 2020.) Dr. Axelrod’s 23rd book of poetry.

All Vows: New & Selected Poems (Nirala Publishers).

Rusting: Ways to Keep Living (Taylor and Seale).

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, 2nd edition of poems responding to the ancient Taoist philosophy.

How to Publish Your Poetry Book, pamphlet of lecture presented at Florida Literary Arts Coalition, “Other Words” Conference: A guide for beginners to warn them away from the pitfalls of vanity presses and assist them in preparation of their own book.

Recent Periodical Publications: Southern Florida Poetry Journal. Negative Capabilities. Publication in over 500 magazines and journals.


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.


Academy American Poets; Poets & Writers Directory; PEN American Center (since 1976); Volusia County Cultural Alliance; Long Island Writers Group (Honorary Board Member); Ormond Beach Arts District; Tomoka Poets; 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, Breaking Bad Poetry Slam team.


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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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


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.


2020 10th Annual Volusia County National Poetry Month Festival

2019 10th Anniversary Celebration of Creative Happiness Institute, Inc. Dr. Axelrod, Director.

2019 9th Annual Chriskwanzukkah Festival: Multi-cultural, multi-ethnic holiday celebration.

2018 Featured for his work with young poets and small press publication at AWP Convention, Tampa, FL.

2017 First Amendment Seminar with co-sponsor PEN American Center.

2011-2016 Open Mic coordinator and seminar lecturer at Florida Council for the Arts, “Other Words Conference” (Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL).

2015-continuing Certified Poet-in-the-school, Volusia County School District.

2013 Poet-in-residence at the Out-the-Door Academy, St. Augustine, Florida.

2012 Sponsor and director, Daytona Beach Mayor’s Poetry Series, presenting six prominent Florida poets at six different Daytona Beach venues between January and May.

2011 Featured at the Universal Consciousness Festival (Estes Park, Colorado), workshop in “The Healing Power of Poetry.”

2010 Cosponsor and performer at Justice for All Coalition “Protest Against Mass Incarceration,” two DeLand, FL rallies.

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 website 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, a 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. My 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.

BOOK PUBLICATIONS (Includes press addendum concerning book publications)

  1. 2020. MOTHER TONGUE: NEW POEMS. North Sea Press: Southampton, NY. Editor, Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan; editorial board consists of prominent Long Island poets and former Long Island poets laureate.
  2. 2017. ALL VOWS: NEW & SELECTED POEMS. Nirala Publishing: New Delhi, India. Yuyutsu Sharma, poetry acquisitions editor; press publishing largely philosophical books; editorial board vets all publications.
  3. 2014. MERLIN STONE REMEMBERED. Llewellyn Worldwide: Woodbury, MN. One of America’s oldest continuously-publishing companies; mid-level niche books most often related to women’s rights and new age topics. I received a substantial cash advance and press paid for all costs of publication plus publicity.
  4. 2014. RUSTING: WAYS TO KEEP LIVING. Taylor and Seale: Daytona Beach Shores, FL. Mary Custureri, founder/publisher; publishes mostly novels and children’s books but has a wide list now including poetry. I received a cash advance and press covered costs for publication.
  5. 2014 & 2005: ANOTHER WAY: POEMS DERIVED FROM THE TAO TE CHING. Mighty Rogue Press: Boulder, CO. Publisher, Anthony Guilbert. Mr. Guilbert is a college professor, poet and Tai Chi expert.
  6. 2013 & 2011. Second & First Editions, THE SPEED WAY: POEMS ABOUT NASCAR AND      GROWING UP AROUND CARS AND RACING. Total Recall Press: Friendswood, TX. Publisher, Bruce Moran; editorial board publishes mostly technical/study manuals but Mr. Moran grew up near Daytona International Speedway, took an interest in and paid to publish 2 editions of my book. A 3rd edition is being planned.
  7. 2009. HOW TO APOLOGIZE. Paradise Islands Press: Okinawa and Anderson, IN. Publisher, David Allen, former editor of Stars and Stripes Pacific Rim editions.
  8. 2008. DECIDUOUS POEMS. Ahadada Books: Tokyo and Ontario, Canada. Publisher, Jesse      Glass; editorial board selects poets. Published contemporaneously with my books—Si Perchik; Jerome Rothenberg, Annie Finch.  
  9. 2007. THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF DREAMS: New Poems. Ahadada Books: Ontario, Canada.
  10. 2001. RANDOM BEAUTY: New Poems. Edited by Louis Simpson. Amereon Press: Cutchogue, New York. Publisher, owner of Mad Printers of Mattituck. Funding in part by press grant directly from Abraham Schenck Foundation and with editorial endorsement of Pulitzer Prize Winner, Louis Simpson.
  11. 1995. THE CHI OF POETRY: NEW AND SELECTED POETRY, 1960-1995. Introduction by X. J. Kennedy. American/People’s Press: Hong Kong, and Birnham Woods Graphics: Northport, Long Island, NY. Funded in part by a Fulbright Award.       
  12. 1993. THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE: Poems. Funded in part by a Fulbright Award. Birnham Woods Graphics: Northport, Long Island, NY. George Wallace, publisher (also publisher of
  13. 2005 & 1991. LOVE IN THE KEYS: New Poems. Ai Press: Selden, NY. Published by Suk Hang Chin while she was cordinator of the Poetry Center at SUNY Stony Brook University under supervision of Cornelius Eady.
  14. 1989. RESURRECTIONS: New Poems. Bilingual, Macedonian-English. New World Press: Skopia, Macedonia, Yugoslavia. Published in cooperation with Fulbright Foundation as        part of my award as poet-in-residence.
  15. 1989. A PERPETUAL CALENDAR OF POEMS. Illustrations by Nicolo D’Alessandro. Bilingual, Italian-English. Antigruppo Siciliano: Palermo & Trapani, Sicily. Editor/Publisher Nat Scammaca. The second of two books published as part of grants to live, write and perform in Sicily.

1979. A MEETING WITH DAVID B. AXELROD AND IGNAZINO RUSSO. The first of two        books published as a grant to live, write and perform in Sicily. A Bio-bibliography &            Poems, bilingual Italian-English with artist’s work. Antigruppo Siciliano.

  1. 1987. WHITE LIES: New Poems. La Jolla Poets Press: La Jolla, CA. Publisher, Kathleen Iddings.
  2. 1986. THE END OF THE UNIVERSE: Surrealistic Poems. CRI Productions: Port Jefferson, NY. Publisher, Louis Stevens, was known as performer, composer and record producer with credits as varied as the theme for the organization ZPG, Zero Population Growth, and music sung and recorded by Tiny Tim. Mr. Stevens received funding to assist in the publication from a grant from Suffolk, County, Long Island, NY.
  3. 1982. HOME REMEDIES: New & Selected Poems, with introduction by X. J. Kennedy. Cross-           Cultural Communications: Merrick, NY. Stanley Barkan, publisher. Both famous and infamous ln the alternative press scene, Mr. Barkan has done an amazing job of multi-     cultural, multi-linguistic publishing that includes Nobel Laureate authors.     
  4. 1981. THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH A CHICKEN: Audio Cassette. Talking Books Series. Cross-Cultural Communication.        
  5. 1980. THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH A CHICKEN: Surrealistic poems. Cross-Cultural Communications.          
  6. 1976. A DREAM OF FEET: New Poems. Cross-Cultural Communications.
  7. 1974. MYTHS, DREAMS & DANCES: New Poems, with introduction by Michael Atkinson. Despa Press: Northampton, MA. Publisher was Dr. Jerold Patz, with an editorial board of 4 graduate and undergrad students in the Five-College system in the Amherst/ Northampton area. I and Lewis Turco were the first of 7 titles in all before the publishing team dispersed.
  8. 1972. STARTING FROM PAUMANOK: Five Long Island Poets. Edited and with poems by D.             B. Axelrod. Despa Press.
  9. 1971 & 1968. STILLS FROM A CINEMA: First & second edition. Despa Press.


2020 POEMS ON PLANES. Prepared for national distribution by Peter Frey, editor.

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, editor. 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, editor. Writers Ink Press.

2010 PRISM: BYSTANDERS. A Human Rights Anthology. (Charles Fishman, editor. Prism International.

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

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


2007 BLOOD TO REMEMBER: AMERICAN POETS ON THE HOLOCAUST. Charles Fishman, editor. 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, editor.

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

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

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, editor. Birnham Woods Graphics, Northport, NY.

1991 PREPOSTEROUS: Poems of Youth, Paul B. Janeczko, editor. Orchard Books: NYC, NY.

1989 101 PORTRAITS OF POETS, Rose Graubart, editor. & 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, editor. 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, editor. Vagabond Press: Ellensburg, WA.

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

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

1965 ET AL: Anthology of College Poetry. Henry Paper, editor. 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.)


2013-2019 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 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.


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).




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