Monday, September 5, 2016


Creative Happiness Institute celebrates the start of fall with a slam competition on September 28th at Wine-Me, 204 South Beach Street in Daytona Beach. Volusia County Poet Laureate, David B. Axelrod, and Kevin Campbell, coordinator of MACDeLand Slam are teaming up to meet on the last Wednesday of each month to feature the best in performance poetry.

The show is free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County. It begins with a slam workshop and open  mic at 7 p.m., followed by the competition at 8 p.m. The first 12 poets to sign up to compete have a chance to win a $50 first and $25 second prize.

Slam winners will also be eligible to compete for a spot on the Volusia County team organized by Kevin Campbell. CHI is a cosponsor of Mr. Campbell’s team, helping send it to both regional and national competitions. Mr. Campbell is also coordinating CHI’s young poets performance program.

Slam rules require that poets perform their own, original work; stay within a three-minute time slot; and use no props or costuming. Authors don’t have to memorize their work, but they do score more points if they can give a strong, dramatic presentation.    

In addition to serving wine by the glass that starts at $5, and beer at $3, Wine-Me has a good selection of other snacks and beverages. Wine-Me can be reached at 386-871-7769. To register to perform or for more information about the program, email Dr. Axelrod,, or call 386-337-4567.

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