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Suffolk Poet Laureate Axelrod 6/7/08

The North Sea Poetry Scene Is Proud To Present
Let’s Talk Poetry 2008 Lecture Series
Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, West Hills, NY 11746-4148
(631) 427-5240 http://www.waltwhitman.org/

Dr. David B. Axelrod, Suffolk County Poet Laureate

Saturday, June 7th 2008 @ 2pm
A Question & Answer Period Follows Each Lecture

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The Healing Power of Poetry” by Suffolk County Poet Laureate Dr. David B. Axelrod, will “blend both the western tradition of viewing the creative process as ‘inspired’ with an eastern philosophy that words are . . . a way to channel energy (in Chinese, Qi or Chi) .” This discussion will bring together Humanities topics from two cultures in the year of the Beijing Olympics.

$5 per person, $7 per couple, Reservations In Advance Are Recommended
For information to attend, please email: Thenorthseapoetryscene@hotmail.com

Lynn Cohen, Project Director & Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, Executive Director

Directions to the Walt Whitman Birthplace:

Long Island Expressway – To Exit 49N (Route 110 North). Follow brown ‘Walt Whitman’ signs. Go north 1.8 miles on Route 110. Make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Road (Exxon Gas Station on corner). The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your right surrounded by wood fence.

Northern State Parkway – To Exit 40N (Route 110 North). Follow brown ‘Walt Whitman’ signs. Go north 1 mile on Route 110. Make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Road (Exxon Gas Station on corner). The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your right surrounded by wood fence.

Southern State Parkway – To Exit 32N (Route 110 North). Go north approximately 10 miles on Route 110. Make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Road (Exxon Gas Station on corner). The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your right surrounded by wood fence.

Jericho Turnpike – To Route 110 South, proceed south ½mile on Rte. 110, bear right at the southern end of the Walt Whitman Mall onto Old Walt Whitman Road
(Ocean Crest Diner at fork in road), the Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your left.

Huntington Train Station – Take the southbound S-1 bus (Amityville R.R. Station) to the bus stop on the Route 110 side of the Birthplace (The S-1 will approach the Birthplace bus stop soon after it has left the Walt Whitman Mall. Please be sure to signal the driver where you want to get off.). Walk about twenty feet south and enter through the gate. If the gate is not open follow the adjacent alley (next to Ritz Camera) and turn right to access the entrance on Old Walt Whitman Road . No Suffolk County Transit bus service on Sundays.

Public Transportation:

Suffolk County Transit

Bus routes which stop at the Walt Whitman Mall are: S1, S23, S29, S54, H4, and H9. No Suffolk County Transit service on Sundays or major holidays.

Long Island Railroad

Use either the Port Jefferson ( Huntington train station) or
Ronkonkoma Branches (Farmingdale train station).

Long Island Bus

Long Island Bus routes which stop at the Walt Whitman Mall are: N79. Limited service on Sundays and holidays.

Cross Sound Ferry

New London, CT to Orient Point , NY .

Bridgeport to Port Jeff. Ferry

Bridgeport, CT to Port Jefferson , New York .

Taxi Service:

Huntington Orange and White Taxi, Inc.

24 hour service. 631-271-3600.

“This program is in part made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

Future Scheduled Lecturers:
Mr. Cliff Bleidner 9/13
Dr. John Haegert 10/11

Dr. David B. Axelrod is an author and sponsor of international writers’ programs covering dozens of countries and nearly forty languages. He has recently been appointed to serve as Suffolk County Poet Laureate on Long Island , New York .
Dr. Axelrod has performed and taught as an author and educator lecturing in England , France , Sicily, Italy , Serbia , Macedonia , Montenegro , Croatia , Hong Kong and throughout the People’s Republic of China and summer of 2007, he will present workshops and a performance in Ireland .

As a performer, the New York Times, has deemed him to be ‘A treat!’ He has appeared at the United Nations, for the American Library Association, as a feature on National Public Radio, as America’s official representative at the International Struga Festivals, as featured reader at the New York State Fine Arts Center in Albany, as poet-in-residence for Virginia, and at literally hundreds more venues including radio and television appearances.

Himself a student of ten languages, he is the author of seventeen books–most recently, The Impossibility of Dreams (AhadadaBooks, Tokyo & Toronto , 2007). His publications include literally hundreds of articles, translated and published in numerous languages including Albanian and Bulgarian, Chinese and Japanese, Hebrew and Yiddish, Italian and Sicilian, Greek and Macedonian, Russian and Romanian, French and Creole, Spanish and Portuguese, German and Dutch among others!

He has entered record books as the only American to receive two back-to-back Fulbright Awards in separate areas, as poet-in-residence in Yugoslavia and then professor of American Literature in Macedonia. With his third Fulbright, he became the first poet to be formally acknowledged as American Poet in Residence in the People’s Republic of China . There he also assisted in establishing an American Center , taught media and literature and lectured in six provinces. For his work with alternative healing and creative energy studies in China and his interpretation of the Tao te Ching in his book entitled, Another Way, he was given an honorary title of Taoist Priest.

Dr. Axelrod holds his Ph.D. from Union Institute in Academic Program Design and Administration, granted for his establishing the not-for-profit writers services, Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc., as well as Writers Ink Press. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers Workshops ; a Master of Arts degree in poetry from The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts .

Dr. Axelrod has received grants for literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of writing, arts and service projects, most recently from Wal-Mart Good, Works Program and the America the Beautiful Fund for the Young Poets Mentoring Program he will coordinate as Suffolk County Poet Laureate. He is already searching for young poets and established poets and teachers to act as their mentors and asks that those interested go to his website at: www.writersunlimited.org/laureateto learn about the program.

As founder and director of Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc., a not-for-profit (501-C-3) organization he continues to provide information on the writing arts. In that capacity he also publishes arts books under the imprint of Writers Ink Press, over thirty of which have appeared since the press and Writers Unlimited were founded in 1976. More recently he founded 3WS, World-Wide Writers Services, a network for authors and editors aiding international publication and exchange. Dr. Axelrod’s own Curriculum Vita enumerates nearly twenty pages of education, artistic and administrative accomplishments.

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RECENT HONORS AND ACTIVITIES

Authorial/Professional:

2007 Appointed Suffolk County Poet Laureate for two-year term, until 2009.

2007 Publication of THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF DREAMS (AhadadaBooks,
Tokyo and Toronto , Canada ).

2007 Awarded a sabbatical to complete next book of poems. Leave will extend from
May 15, 2007 to January 20, 2008. Commitment from Paradise Islands Press
( Okinawa , Japan ) for publication, spring, 2008. Grant to underwrite revision
of new book from the Abraham Schenck Foundation.

2007 Winter, spring: scheduled for seven performances from Long Island to San
Francisco .

2006 Honored by Long Island Poetry Collective for 30 years of Poetry and Arts
work.

2006 Collected papers and publications of David B. Axelrod, curated by William
Heyen for University of Rochester Contemporary Literature collection.

2006 Published in eight print and on-line E-zines and anthologies; Twelve featured
readings. Oberon Foundation honors for poetry.

2006 Launched website to make my complete, collected poetry available free on-line
at www.thebestpoetry.com

2006 Honored by Wu Dang Taoist Association for his book, Another Way: Poems
based on the Tao Te Ching, and work with Chinese-American cultural
exchange. Authorized to serve as Taoist Priest.

2006 30th Anniversary of Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc.

FULBRIGHT AWARDS AND U. S. SERVICE DISTINCTIONS

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- 1st Fulbright Poet-in-Residence in China .
1994 Over twenty performances in Liao Ling, Shenzehn, Beijing , GuangZhou ,
ChenSha, JiangLai, ChengDu , MianYang, and Hong Kong among others.

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

1993- Served as Warden for American citizens in Guangzhou , assisting with
1994 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- Only American to ever hold two consecutive Fulbright Scholar Awards
1990 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-lingually 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.

EDUCATION

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 .

EMPLOYMENT & RELATED EXPERIENCE

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

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

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

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

2001 Selected in competition for sabbatical grant as poet, SUNY Suffolk
College .

2001 National performance and workshop series.

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

2000 Founder, Creative Health Institute (CHI), a center for creativity and
healing.

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- Co-Editor, Chi for Longevity. Newsletter for students of Chi Gong and Tai
cont. 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- Served as faculty coordinator for Loyalist College , Canadian sister-school
1997 program. Served as faculty coordinator of International Projects
Committee.

1995- Three separate lecture series in Hong Kong , as poet and freelance journalist
1996 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 Binghampton.

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

1881- Contributing Writer, Anton Publications. Articles serialized in seventeen
1997 Long Island weekly newspapers.

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

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

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

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

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

1982- Publisher, Writers Ink Press. Alternative press publishing
cont. contemporary literature and arts news.

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

1975- Director, Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc.
cont. Not-for-Profit Writers Service.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1975- President, Director of Community Center for Arts,
1978 North Shore Beach Association, Rocky Point, N.Y.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1962- Public Relations Office, Editor of COLLAGE, University of
1965 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

2007 THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF DREAMS: New Poems. AhadadaBooks , 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:
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.

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.

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.

ANTHOLOGY PUBLICATIONS

2007 & LONG ISLAND LIGHT: North Sea Poetry Scene Anthology, ed. Tammy Nuzzo
2006 Morgan.

2006 LONG ISLAND : LIGHT OF CITY AND SEA. Long Island Anthology, ed. Dan Moran.

2005 MARSHLAND: Wetlands Preservation Anthology, ed. Maxwell Wheat.

2005 KISS YOUR BUTTS GOODBY: A Stop-Smoking Anthology.

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

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, 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, Ed.,
Northern Illinois University Press: IL.

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

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. 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.

PUBLICATIONS IN TRANSLATION

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.

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

OVER FORTY PUBLICATIONS and performances for Fulbrights in Yugoslavia .

‘An Interview with Isaac Bashevis Singer, ‘ TEL AVIV REVIEW, Tel Aviv , 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).

HONORS & AWARDS

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- Fulbright Award as first Poet-in-Residence in
1994 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 Television,
cont. ‘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- Fulbright Poet-at-large, Yugoslavia .
1990 Fulbright Lecture, University of Skopje , Macedonia .

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

1990- Grant for performance tour throughout Sicily from Antigruppo Siciliano
1988 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- Virginia Council on the Arts Grant as poet-in-
1980 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- America the Beautiful Foundation, grant as director of community arts
1978 newsletter to serve North Shore Beach, Long Island, NY.

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

1979 Suffolk County Grant for Cultural Programs. The Troupe: Poetry, Mime, 197
Music Performances.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1964 Annual Playwriting Award, University of Massachusetts .

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

PERFORMANCES, MEDIA APPEARANCES

2007 Continuing poetry workshops, master classes, performance nationally, including featured performance at 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 ; numerous others.

Continue to work in Suffolk County and U.S. TOUR publicizing new poetry books and the writing arts.

1990’s 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: 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.

WORKSHOPS AND POETRY PERFORMANCES
LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF PERFORMANCES, lectures, guest workshops as poet, professor, tax expert, comedian with an audience of millions.

American Library Association; New Jersey Library Association; United Nations Poetry Series.

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 Polytechnical 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 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.

PROMOTIONAL APPEARANCES

Bookstores internationally, ‘including Canios, Borders Books, B. Dalton NYC, Barnes and Noble and other; Barnes and Noble; Poetry Society of America , NYC and L.I.. Four intentional tours throughout Sicily , Italy , England , Ireland , Yugoslavia and San Wai bookstore, Beijing , China .

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES & BIOGRAPHICAL LISTINGS

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 1970’s.

WHO’S WHO IN THE EAST (since 1974).

CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS (three editions since 1974).

MARQUIS’ COMMUNITY LEADERS IN AMERICA (since 1972).

INTERNATIONAL WHO’S WHO IN POETRY (since 1973).

OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN OF AMERICA & WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (1970, 1965).

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 .

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Directions to the Walt Whitman Birthplace:

Long Island Expressway – To Exit 49N (Route 110 North). Follow brown ‘Walt Whitman’ signs. Go north 1.8 miles on Route 110. Make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Road (Exxon Gas Station on corner). The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your right surrounded by wood fence.

Northern State Parkway – To Exit 40N (Route 110 North). Follow brown ‘Walt Whitman’ signs. Go north 1 mile on Route 110. Make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Road (Exxon Gas Station on corner). The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your right surrounded by wood fence.

Southern State Parkway – To Exit 32N (Route 110 North). Go north approximately 10 miles on Route 110. Make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Road (Exxon Gas Station on corner). The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your right surrounded by wood fence.

Jericho Turnpike – To Route 110 South, proceed south ½mile on Rte. 110, bear right at the southern end of the Walt Whitman Mall onto Old Walt Whitman Road
(Ocean Crest Diner at fork in road), the Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your left.

Huntington Train Station – Take the southbound S-1 bus (Amityville R.R. Station) to the bus stop on the Route 110 side of the Birthplace (The S-1 will approach the Birthplace bus stop soon after it has left the Walt Whitman Mall. Please be sure to signal the driver where you want to get off.). Walk about twenty feet south and enter through the gate. If the gate is not open follow the adjacent alley (next to Ritz Camera) and turn right to access the entrance on Old Walt Whitman Road . No Suffolk County Transit bus service on Sundays.

Public Transportation:

Suffolk County Transit

Bus routes which stop at the Walt Whitman Mall are: S1, S23, S29, S54, H4, and H9. No Suffolk County Transit service on Sundays or major holidays.

Long Island Railroad

Use either the Port Jefferson ( Huntington train station) or
Ronkonkoma Branches (Farmingdale train station).

Long Island Bus

Long Island Bus routes which stop at the Walt Whitman Mall are: N79. Limited service on Sundays and holidays.

Cross Sound Ferry

New London, CT to Orient Point , NY .

Bridgeport to Port Jeff. Ferry

Bridgeport, CT to Port Jefferson , New York .

Taxi Service:

Huntington Orange and White Taxi, Inc.

24 hour service. 631-271-3600.

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