CHI Staff


Best known as a poet, Dr. David B. Axelrod is Poet Laureate of Volusia County, Florida. He has also spent over forty years working as an arts administrator. Recipient of three Fulbright Awards and numerous prizes, author of twenty-two books and hundreds of articles, he has taught, advised and assisted over twelve thousand students and individuals. His work has been translated into fifteen languages and he has performed for tens of thousands of people. Complete CV  Dr. Axelrod’s Healing Studies


MARY-ANN WESTBROOK, Board of Directors:

Mary-Ann is a co-ordinator of events for CHI, is also President of the Florida State Poets Association and also president of the local Tomoka Poets Society. Winner of  a Citizen of the Year in Community Cultural Areas for Volusia League of Cities, she is Head Usher at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach; Publicity Chairperson for the Happy Wanderers Walking Club which is the local chapter of American Volkssporting Association. In addition, she was an usher for the Daytona Playhouse and the News Journal Center of Daytona State College. Ms. Westbrook’s Tomoka Poets Society presents nearly 50 events each year, many in association with CHI. She is a long-time resident of Ormond Beach.


Sandy in addition to her keeping the organizational records, is consultant on CHI publicity and documents. She is a certified Ombudsman (long-term patient care advocate) for the State of Florida, after retiring from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, where she was in charge of quality control for a laboratory involved in anthrax vaccine clinical trials. She is a regular volunteer for the Halifax Urban Ministries. In addition to her B.A. in Medical Technology, she has extensive training in public health and quality control certifications. Ms. Martin, now Mrs. David Axelrod, has lived full-time in Daytona Beach since January, 2013.

DYLAN EMERICK-BROWN, Public School Coordinator:

Dylan Emerick-Brown is head of the English Department of Deltona High School in Deltona, FL; creator and faculty adviser for Deltona High’s student-run literary arts magazine Howl (www.Deltona He is recipient of the Writers Unlimited Young Poets Award, the prize for which was publication of his first book of poems, American Exodus (Writers Ink Press, 2014). Emerick-Brown works with the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida Literary Arts Coalition, and is involved in the local literary arts scene. In 2015, he was named Volusia County English teacher of the year. Winner of  2016 Florida Teacher Leadership Fellowship from the University of Florida.

KEVIN CAMPBELL (aka NoirJente), Slam Director, Volunteer:

Dylan Emerick-Brown is a Library Assistant III for the Volusia County Library Services. A resident of DeLand and accomplished writer, poet and spoken word artist, he is the author of the chapbook,Sadoto (2014). An active member of the Florida State Poets Association, NoirJente is the founder of The New DeLand Poets, a poetry collective. He is an abolitionist and a member of the New Abolitionist movement as well as the Justice For All Coalition of Central Florida, actively campaigning against mass incarceration in privatized prisons, which he views as a modern form of slavery. Mr. Campbell sits on the Board of Directors of the African-American Museum of Arts of DeLand as well as the Mainstreet Arts & Culture committee of the DeLand Chamber of Commerce. NoirJente was part of the select committee that was pivotal in selecting Volusia County’s current Poets Laureate, Dr. David Axelrod and M. B. McLatchey. NoirJente is also the co-founder and Slam Master of MainStreet Art and Culture Slam of DeLand (MACDeLand Slam) along with Judy Thompson, president of the MainStreet Art and Culture of Deland committee). MACDeLand Slam is one of only about 100 venues worldwide to be certified by the national organization, Poetry Slam, Inc. (PSI). Mr. Campbell’s slam team is now co-sponsored by CHI to represent Volusia County in national slam competitions.


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