The State of the Art: The Purpose of Poetry with Dr David B Axelrod

1 December 2015
  • 19:00
  • Tickets £8 (£6 Friends of Burgh House) including a glass of wine

Dr David B Axelrod

The State of the Art: The Purpose of Poetry

Tuesday 1st December, 7pm

Poet, scholar, professor in the State University of New York system, 3-time Fulbright winner and author of 22 books, Dr David B Axelrod was raised in a Yiddish-speaking household and has spent his adult life as a student of comparative religions, never surrendering his passion for religious inquiry. He has performed and lectured numerous times at synagogues and other institutions in the USA and internationally, infusing his poetry with anecdotes and humour. Reading his own poems and discussing his poetices, David will analyse contemporary trends and help the audience test their own poetics. 

All proceeds in aid of Burgh House.


David B Axelrod

David B. Axelrod is a populist poet and arts administrator, now serving as Volusia County, Florida, Poet Laureate. Prior to his moving south, he also served as Suffolk County, Long Island’s Poet Laureate. Though he is clearly a beneficiary of the academic system, he strives to make poetry accessible to and popular with a wider audience. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts; an M.A. from The Writing Workshops at The Johns Hopkins University; and an M.F.A. from the Writing Workshops at the University of Iowa. His Ph.D. is in not-for-profit program design and administration and as the result of his dissertation, he founded and continues to direct Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc, a non-profit organization that provides programs in the writing arts. 


He is a frequent performer and workshop convener as well as presenter of cultural programs. In that capacity he is the publisher of Writers Ink Press; founder and president of 3WS World Wide Writers Services, and director of the Creative Happiness Institute, Inc.  His website is


Dr. Axelrod is the author of twenty-one books of poetry and recipient of three Fulbright Awards including his being the first Fulbright Poet-in-Residence in the People’s Republic of China. He has performed for the American Library Association, at the United Nations, and shared the stage with many notable American poets including: William Stafford, Louis Simpson, Allen Ginsberg, Galway Kinnell, Aaron Kramer and X. J. Kennedy. 


When Dr. Axelrod presents his own poetry, he says, “I owe my audience an enjoyable performance.” He says talk on the subject will not be just a lecture, promising, “Somewhere between juicy gossip about poets, and theories about purpose of the art form, I’m hoping to please the poets present and prod those who haven’t tried, to indulge in the art.”