Great Haiku From Haikufest Featured Here

At our Haikufest last Saturday in the Chicago Metro area, members of the Haiku Society of America read samples of their poetry to a large, appreciative audience. Haiku is both a poem and a meditation that captures the moment.

Alicia Hilton, John Han, Amelia Cotter, Thomas Chockley, Lidia Rozmus, Dan Schwerin, Heather Jagman, Joanne Crofton, Tomoko Hata, and Mac Greene read their work. These are some of their favorites:

a gnat caught
in her lip gloss

–Alicia Hilton
Frogpond, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2012

autumn evening
the grasshopper’s long jump
into silence

–John Han
GEPPO 36.5 (Sept-Oct 2011)

shrunken tumors…
the sun-painted walls
of my childhood room

–Amelia Cotter
Acorn, Spring 2011

morning mist
the pond still
reflects last night

–Thomas Chockley
Modern Haiku, Winter 2012

shooting star’s path
my path

–Lidia Rozmus

just how
to hold you
paper kite

–Dan Schwerin
December 2011 Heron’s Nest and 2011 Red Moon Anthology, Carving Darkness.

driving north
your eyes on the road
mine on the moon

–Heather Jagman
Modern Haiku, 39.2, 2008

running behind schedule —
bright daylight moon

–Joanne Crofton
Modern Haiku Winter-Spring 2012 Volume 43.1

after the quake
haircut appointment
Mother keeps

–Tomoko Hata

we tell her
the memories
she told to us

–Mac Greene
bottle rockets #25, 2011

I find that each time I read haiku or attend a haiku event with readings, I’m in the frame of mind to go home and write some. Just by being exposed to others’ haiku, one receives a spark that triggers thoughts for poems. In Japan, where haiku originated, people believe that the firefly’s spark enlightens us. It’s that sort of spark that comes to us when haiku is read or spoken.

We hope these haiku have inspired you to write.

Further, if you’d like to see a slideshow of pictures of Haikufest, please log onto William Shehan’s blog,

Copyright 2012 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. I recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner 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 five non-fiction books: 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; and Your Original Personal Ad. 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." 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 a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve 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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6 Responses to Great Haiku From Haikufest Featured Here

  1. snowbirdpress says:

    Hi, Charlotte, Thanks so much for posting these. I love Lidia’s shooting star… Every year I hope to see one…every year it’s too overcast here to see anything. I think if I should ever catch a falling star I too will feel as if it’s my path…. can’t wait. We live in faith.

  2. snowbirdpress says:

    Looking at the back cover of Modern Haiku from Winter-Spring…at the Nasa image “Mystic Mountain” I can surely see why Lidia might have her eyes to the sky….What a knock out cover. Hope you don’t mind me commenting here on the great work she does for Modern Haiku. I look forward to each new cover each issue.

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