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First Publication Launch Party

Creative Happiness Institute
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Abigail Truelsen of Ormond Beach will celebrate the publication of her first book of poetry, Cortez, at the Gold Leaf coffee shop in Ormond Beach, 1:30 to 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 15. Ms. Truelsen was selected by Writers Ink Press for the free publication as part of the Volusia County Poet Laureate mentoring program.

Before moving here from her native Colorado, Ms. Truelsen won her school poetry contest which encouraged her to continue writing. She has collected and revised her writing for six months with the assistance of Dr. David B. Axelrod, a Volusia County poet laureate.

The book has received high praise from well-established authors. Terry Ann Thaxton, poet and MFA Program Director at the University of Central Florida, called the poems in Cortez, “fierce and unwavering.” Award-winning Ormond poet, Rosella Stern, said, “If we relish Romeo and Juliet’s tragedy, we must acknowledge this one too, for it is the tragedy of our time.”

Dr. Axelrod will be present to introduce Ms. Truelsen and explain how other young poets can sign up to work toward free publication of their own book. The book party is free, made possible in part by funding from the Volusia County Cultural Council.

Light refreshments will be served and other beverages and snacks may be purchased. Gold Leaf is located at 17 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32174 where there is ample parking at the rear of the store. Read more about Ms. Truelsen’s book at http://www.writersunlimited.org/bookstore/ For more information, contact axelrod@creativehappiness.org or call 386-337-4567.