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“Be Creative, Be Well!”
For more information about on-going poetry programs in our area, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
These programs are made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County.
THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS! 3WS World Wide Writers Services; Dan & Jeanette Pels; Tomoka Poets; Lenny Schneir Fund; Dr. & Mrs. David & Sandy Axelrod; Dr. Mary Custureri; Taylor & Seale Publishing; Writers Ink Press; Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc., Daytona Toyota, The Root Family, Walmart Community grants, Daytona Kia, and many more.
CHI is a member of the Volusia County Cultural Alliance and recommends its upcoming events:
January 20, 5 to 6:30 pm: CHI encourages you to attend the Dan Pels Poetry Show at The Hub, 132 Canal Street, featuring Mary Rogers-Grantham, Logan Anderson, Mary Jane Barenbaum, and Dan Pels. Lorale Mullins, will sing jazz and popular favorites. $5 admission. 3.
February 8, March 8, April 19, 7 pm: CHI together with Jason Hood and Julius Johns present, “Just Sayin’” the Bethune-Cookman University Poetry Slam competitions at Moore Community Center. Open to all with cash prizes for winners.
February 12-13: CHI with Back to the Roots events at Main Street Station, Daytona Beach. Attend events to meet famous auto-racing personalities, past and present, with raffle and book-sale proceeds benefiting the Motor Racing Heritage Association and Creative Happiness Institute.
February 15, 22, March 1, 15, 22: Dr. David B. Axelrod will offer a series of four writing workshops cosponsored by Creative Happiness Institute Inc. and Atlantic Center for the Arts, with a final performance evening on March 22. Workshops will be held at ACA: Harris House, 214 South Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Phone: 386-423-1753. For more information go to: http://atlanticcenterforthearts.org/events-and-exhibitions/category/community/
February 24, 7 to 10 pm: Have a Heart Slam at TY5 in Port Orange. Performance poet Scott Velazco will be featured together with James Ryan and his band. Open mic with a $50 prize for best performance.
March 7-10: CHI and Young Poets Mentoring Program at Associated Writing Programs Conference, Tampa. Join us in convention room and at events where CHI presents work by Deltona High School students, HOWL literary club and various publications.
March 11, 1 to 4:30 pm: “Speak Freely, Write Boldly,” First Amendment Seminar. Co-sponsored by PEN America and Florida First Amendment Foundation. (Location to be announced.)
March 14-17: Chanel Gomaa is the winner of Kevin Campbell’s MACDeland Slam competition and will represent Volusia County and CHI at the national Women of the World Poetry Slam to be held in Dallas, March 14-17. Seven women competed for the honor at The Abbey in DeLand. CHI continues to co-sponsor with Main Street Art and Culture of DeLand.
April 14, 7 to 10 pm: Spring Slam at TY5. David B. Axelrod and Scott Velazco host the entertainment, featuring Andrew Williams and band, slam poetry, open mic with a $50 prize for best performance.
April 29, 1 to 4:30 pm: 8th Annual National Poetry Month Festival. The Casements.
May 22, 7 to 8:30 pm: CHI in cooperation with Tomoka Poets, featuring Len Greco and David B. Axelrod. Copperline Coffee & Café, Pavillion Shopping Center, 5521 So. Williamson Blvd., Unit 420, Port Orange, FL 32128.
Deltona High School, Volusia County Poet Laureate Young Poets Mentoring program: You can still order Akpa Arinzechukwu’s book at http://www.writersunlimited.org/splash-of-red-collaboration/
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CHI &Thank You Five Theater present
Have a Heart Slam
Saturday, February 24, 7 to 10 p.m.
Jame Ryan & Band
and Scott Velazco
$50 Prize for best performance on the Open Mic
David B. Axelrod, will host, Scott Velazco will be featured performing poet, with music provided by James Ryan and his band. The “Have a Heart Slam” at TY5 in Port Orange, is for those who want more valentines–or just screwed up and still owe someone a Valentine.
But you don’t have to be romantically involved to enjoy the show. Plenty of talent on stage and an open mic with a $50 prize for best performance.Admission is $5.00. Refreshments for sale. TY5 Theater is located at 4606 Clyde Morris Blvd. in Port Orange (Unit 2N) and can be reached at 386-295-5695. For more information on the entertainment and the open mic, Email David xelrod, email@example.com, or call 386-337-4567.
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BETHUNE-COOKMAN AND CHI ANNOUNCE CO-SPONSORSHIP
February 8, 7 p.m., CHI will assist in a regular series of open mic poetry slams titled “Just Sayin’” where students will perform for prizes under the supervision of Professors Julius John and Jason Hood.
Dr. Axelrod, CHI’s director, has been invited to judge some of the slams and will use the venue to offer participation in both the Volusia County Poet Laureate Mentoring Program and other CHI events. The B-CU slams are scheduled throughout the academic year:
November 9th, followed by a holday/semester break. Then, March 8th and April 19th Richard V. The slams will be held at Moore Community Center Black Box Theatre, 554 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. For more information, contact Jason Hood, 386-481-2386, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Free Writing Lessons
Young poets and writers can meet the first of the young poets to have a free chapbook published as part of Dr. David B. Axelrod’s Volusia County Poet Laureate Young Poets Mentoring Program. Young writers can share their writing, practice performing, and get pointers from experienced, well-published authors. The meetings are free and open to everyone. There is also a chance to join a competitive slam team. Go to creativehappiness.org for more information or contact: contact: Axelrod@creativehappiness.org, phone 386-337-4567.
Made possible in part by grant to CHI from the
Volusia County Cultural Council
[CHI also recommends young poets contact Elaine Person ( email@example.com ) who works with young poets in association with the Florida State Poets Association and the Maitland library: https://www.maitlandpubliclibrary.org/classes/writing-and-poetry/ ]
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CHI SLAM WINNER TO DALLAS WOWPS
Chanel Gomaa is the winner of Kevin Campbell’s MACDeland Slam competition and will represent Volusia County and CHI at the national Women of the World Poetry Slam to be held in Dallas, March 14-17. Seven women competed for the honor at The Abbey in DeLand. CHI continues to co-sponsor with Main Street Art and Culture of DeLand.
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CHI SPONSORS DELTONA HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP
Dylan Emerick-Brown, CHI’s public-school coordinated, has arranged an internship for his high school’s students and members of his creative writing club, Howl. Students will participate in a book-publishing project, learning to edit, format and guide a full book publication to release. Efforts will include arranging for book publicity as well.
The book, City Dwellers, chronicles the struggles of an actual young Nigerian poet, Akpa Arinzechukwu, trying to survive in a country that has made homosexuality illegal. Advanced reviews offer high praise for the poetry and the cause. The book will be published by Writers Ink Press and CHI’s sister non-profit organization, Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc. A celebration of the release book is planned for December.
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CREATIVE WRITING WELLNESS WORKSHOPS
Dr. David B. Axelrod will offer a series of four writing workshops, “Write Well, Be Well,” cosponsored by Creative Happiness Institute Inc. and Atlantic Center for the Arts, February 15, 22, March 1, 15, with a final performance evening on March 22. Workshops will be held at ACA: ACA: Harris House | 214 South Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Phone: (386) 423-1753. Click here to read more on the workshops: “Write Well, Be Well.”
Click here to register: Write Well, Be Well Registration
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CHI JOINS WITH PUBLIC SCHOOL AT AWP CONFERENCE
CHI will join Dylan Emerick-Brown, our public-school coordinator, at the renowned Associated Writers Programs Conference to be held from March 7 to March 10, 2018, in Tampa, FL. Mr. Emerick-Brown is the Head of the Department of English at Deltona High School, and the founder/director of both Splash of Red Press and his school’s literary magazine, HOWL.
He has arranged a display table at the conference to showcase his students’ work with HOWL and a publishing internship with Writers Ink Press that will bring out two new poetry books. To see more about the program, visit the Splash of Red Collaboration.
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March 11, 1 to 4:30 pm: “Speak Freely, Write Boldly,” First Amendment Seminar. Co-sponsored by PEN America and Florida First Amendment Foundation. Port Orange Library, 105 City Center Circle, Port Orange.
Doors open at 1 p.m., program runs 1:30 to 4:00, with a panel of experts championing full, free, open media and our First Amendment rights.
Panelist: Kyle Dacuyan, Senior Manager of Literary Outreach & Activism for PEN American Center; George Griffin, President of Volusia/Flagler Chapter of ACLU.Pat Rice who is on the board of the Florida First Amendment Foundation and the editor of Daytona News-Journal; Ricki Stofsky, three-time Emmy-Award-wining broadcast news producer (NBC News). Moderator, Dr. David. B. Axelrod, author/journalist and director of CHI.
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Sunday, April 29th, 1 to 4:30 p.m. at The Casements. Music, song, performance/poetry. Free. Open Mic. All styles welcome.
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ON-GOING EVENTS IN OUR AREA
- Tomoka Poets also meets for a workshop at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month: Ormond Beach Library, 30 S. Beach Street, Ormond Beach. For more information, contact Mary-Ann Westbrook, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like a critique of a poem you are working on, bring between 6 to 10 copies to be passed around to participants. These are “gentle” critique sessions — no harsh, personal put downs; helpful suggestions only.
- Live Poets, Bob Blenheim conducts poetry workshops on the third Wednesday of each month.Until the City Island Library reopens after flood damage, workshops will be held at Ormond Beach Library, 30 S. Beach Street, Ormond Beach.For more information, call him at 386-506-9930.
- The Dan Pels Poetry Show is held on the 3rd Saturday each month, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at The Hub on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. For more information, email email@example.com
- Tomoka Poets open mic evenings take place on third Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. at Copperline Coffee & Café, Pavillion Shopping Center, 5521 So. Williamson Blvd., Unit 420, Port Orange, FL 32128. For more information email Mary-Ann Westbrook, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bob Calabrese conducts The Poets Corner Poetry Workshop of New Smyrna Beach each month at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. For more information, call (386) 427-3029.
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