David Russo



“Censorship of art is a particularly evil practice, arbitrary, capricious, a decree that humans are unfit to observe their own lives.”

– David Russo



David Russo is a retired attorney, enjoying a second career in the creative world. A member of SAG-AFTRA, he has appeared in commercials, television, theater, film and has written and produced. His first chapbook of poetry, Tokin’ Of My Esteem, sold out its First Edition and is in its second printing.

His personal philosophy about the non-finite nature of love and beauty of polyamorous relationships is deeply entrenched in his poetic work.

He is a political activist, mentor and patron of the arts. With his husband and two daughters, he moved from upstate New York and has lived in Long Beach, California for over twenty-one years. He is a grandfather of four.



An artistic collaboration between artist Nicholas Oliver and poet Dave Russo. The Poetic Heart book takes you through a journey of the human spirit through poetry and art.

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Order your copy today Get a signed Copy of Tokin of my Esteem: Hybrid Theory when you pre-order today. Tommy Chung has proudly endorsed Tokin of my Esteem! A portion of the  proceeds go to our friends at POW420.

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