Friday, April 7, 2017


The Fifth Annual National Poetry Month Festival will celebrate area poets, singers and songwriters on April 30th, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at The Casements in Ormond Beach. Creative Happiness Institute (CHI) and Tomoka Poets and the Ormond Beach Arts District will cosponsor the event with funding from the Cultural Council of Volusia County.

“Our fifth year is the best program yet,” says Dr. David B. Axelrod, a Volusia County Poet Laureate, and director of  CHI. “You may as well come barefoot because thirty poets, singers and songwriters are going too prove poetry can knock your socks off.” There is also an open mic for the public to sign up and perform.

Poets enrolled in the Young Poets Mentoring Program including local high school students: Daniel Semensky, Victoria Mullins, Fletcher Hayden, and Bethune-Cookman student Ashlyn Denson. Five competitors from the CHI/MACDeLand slam team include Kevin Campbell, Allen Minor, Alethia GG Dupree, Sylvia Curbello Longmire, and Eddie Figure. The Daytona Beach Live Poets will include Robert Blenheim, Jesse Sam Owens, and Cherelyn Bush. Florida State Poetry Association will be represented by Joe Cavanaugh, Mary-Ann Westbrook, and Mary Rogers-Grantham.

Lana Chapel, a professional performer and recording artist since age 16 on such labels as Monument, Dot, and Mega Records, will perform a set of her own songs. The program will be multilingual, featuring Anderson Dovilas, a Haitian Poet reading in Creole and French. There will be poems in Spanish as well as Dan Pels reading in French, and Kyra Brokoph reading in German. Other featured poets include Roger Duvernoy, Robert Goldsmith, Sydney Solis, Rosella Stern, Carol Thomas, BJ Alligood and Fred Booth.

The program is open to the public, free. There will be a free drawing for a door prize as well as raffle tickets, refreshments, books and CDs for sale. The program will take place, rain or shine, indoors in The Gallery. The Casements is located at 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, FL  32176. For more information email Dr. Axelrod,, or call 386-337-4567.

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