Read Some Great Haiku Online

The Midwest Region of the Haiku Society of America always gets great media coverage for our regular meetings and special programs in the Chicago metro area.

If you log onto the Winnetka-Glencoe Patch newspaper site,, you will see an array of haiku by some of our Midwest members. I’m sure these will motivate you to write haiku.

Just three samples of what you’ll see are:

Indian summer
we’re in love
–Melissa Allen

on the swing
my laughter higher
and higher

–Lidia Rozmus

my old school . . .
stillness of the
–Charlotte Digregorio

You can also read the accompanying writeup that previews our meeting. I answer basic questions about haiku.

Incidentally, we have Midwest members in eight states and local haiku groups meeting here and there. As the Midwest Regional Coordinator, you can contact me to find out more.

If you live outside of our region, be sure to go to the Haiku Society of America website to check out chapters in other parts of the country.

You’ll become competent at writing haiku if you read a lot of haiku that is being published in haiku journals, and if you attend critique meetings with other poets.

HSA publishes a wonderful haiku journal called “Frogpond” for its members. It also includes essays on haiku.

I believe that people who start reading haiku will soon get hooked. I discovered haiku by accident in the library in 1995, and I’ve been reading and writing it ever since.

The beauty of haiku is that you can write it anywhere and anytime, as thoughts continuously come to you.

Get started on your haiku journey through life! It’s very rewarding.

Copyright 2011 by Charlotte Digregorio.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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2 Responses to Read Some Great Haiku Online

  1. snowbirdpress says:

    Hi, Charlotte, And George Swede (the Frogpond editor) has been publishing links to some great essays on Twitter too. Enjoy.

  2. This is shameful, but I’m behind on my haiku reading. I’ve been busy writing long poems for publication, lately. I’ll have to do some catching up.

    Thanks for writing, Merrill, and I hope you have a productive weekend writing some haiku. I’ll be thinking of you. It’s too bad we don’t live close, so you could come to our meetings.

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