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Celia Lisset Alvarez holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Miami and teaches composition, literature, scientific, and creative writing at St. Thomas University. Her debut collection of poetry, Shapeshifting (Spire Press, 2006), was the recipient of the 2005 Spire Press Poetry Award. A second collection, The Stones (Finishing Line Press, 2006) followed that same year. Poems from these collections are also in the anthologies White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood (Demeter Press, 2007) and Letters to the World (Red Hen Press, 2008). Other work has appeared in the Iodine Poetry Journal, qarrtsiluni, the Powhatan Review, Tar Wolf Review, Alba, MotherVerse, Other Investigations, Lore, Poui: The Cave Hill Literary Annual, zingmagazine, and Mangrove, and in the anthologies Women Moving Forward: Narratives of Identity, Migration, Resilience, and Hope, Vol. 1. (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006), Not a Muse (Haven Books, 2009), and Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems (Ragged Sky Press, 2009). Recently, her poem “Wonder Woman Goes through Menopause” was the winner of the 2008 HereThere Poetry Contest. Born in Madrid, Spain of Cuban parents en route to the United States, she grew up in Miami and lives there still with her husband, Cuban-American literary scholar Rafael Miguel Montes.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Listing in Long Island Poetry Archival Center (Eileen A. Schrottke Loos). 1993-2006 -- Library Director (Eileen Annie Ball) for Franklin County, FLorida. Grantwriting, creative writing, family literacy, development of at-risk youth programs. Currently, part time project director for library-based programs for teens with an emphasis on life skill and career development, as well as creative and artistic programs. Focus is now on poetry and writing re-emergence.
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. David B. Axelrod is Volusia County , Florida, Poet Laureate, serving for a four-year term (2015-2019). He also served as Suffolk County, Long Island, Poet Laureate (2007-2009). He maintains a website at www.poetrydoctor.org where he offers his services to the public. Dr. Axelrod has published in hundreds of magazines and anthologies. He has been translated into fifteen languages. He is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards including his being the first official Fulbright Poet-in-Residence in the People’s Republic of China. The New York Times described him as “A Treat!” Dr. Axelrod’s twenty-first and newest book is RUSTING: WAYS TO KEEP LIVING (Taylor & Seale, 2014) Two of his books were chosen as a Small Press Review picks of the month. Dr. Axelrod is founder and now Vice President of Writers Unlimited Agency, Inc.; founder and director of Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., and President of 3WS, World Wide Writers Services.