Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Creative Happiness Institute presents a Scary Poetry Slam on Wednesday, October 26th at Wine-Me, 204 South Beach Street in Daytona Beach. Volusia County Poet Laureate, David B. Axelrod, and Kevin Campbell, coordinator of MACDeLand Slam have teamed up to run the show.

For Halloween, the audience and competitors are encourage to come in costume and use props. “That is a break from the usual rules so there will be points for the more outrageous appearances,” Axelrod explains, “and I’m considering which dress to wear.”

The show is free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County. It begins with an open mic at 7:30  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 rules will still require poets to perform their own, original work and stay within a three-minute time slot. 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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