Haikufest Planned for April 7 in Metro Chicago

Friends and Followers:

We will be holding Haikufest on Sunday, April 7 in Winnetka, IL along Chicago’s North Shore.

Please read the press release below from the Winnetka Public Library where the event will be held:


Erin Maassen, Head of Marketing; 847.446.7220 or emaassen@winnetkalibrary.org

Haikufest To Inspire Poets to Publish 

Haiku is meditative poetry that originated in Japan in the 1600s. It is gaining popularity worldwide in dozens of languages. Often three lines, it has 17 syllables or less, and it captures the moment with a reference to nature, the seasons, or human nature.

Haikufest, a celebration of this short, poetic form, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at Winnetka Library (768 Oak Street, Winnetka).

The program will include a brief presentation about haiku by Charlotte Digregorio, Haiku Society of America (HSA) Midwest Regional Coordinator, haiku readings by members, a question and answer period, and a raffle of the HSA journal, Frogpond, which contains haiku and essays about it.

During the haiku presentation, handouts with sample poems will be distributed for commentary. Next, readers will share how they discovered the form, why they like to write it, and what inspires them to write, before reading their work. The question and answer session may be about haiku in general, or be directed to readers.

HSA is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization to promote the writing and appreciation of haiku in English. Its website is www.hsa-haiku.org.

HSA’s Midwest Region holds five meetings a year in the north suburbs that also include critiques and retreats. HSA’s national meeting and symposium will be held, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29 in Evanston.

To register for Haikufest, visit www.winnetkalibrary.org or call the Winnetka Library at (847) 446-7220. Haikufest is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District and the HSA.

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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