My New Book– Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All

Hello Readers:

I’d like to announce the publication of my new how-to haiku guide, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. Read the reviews about it below, and also a synopsis of it. There is also its book cover at the end.

An energetic and comprehensive guide by a prolific writer and educator with insightful perspectives and a generous sampling of published haiku and senryu. This practical guide is delivered in a relaxed, conversational tone so that lessons and examples are informative and easily accessible. Extensive appendices and bibliography.

Frogpond, Journal of the Haiku Society of America


Charlotte Digregorio has written the definitive guide to one of poetry’s most fascinating genres.  This work belongs on the bookshelf of any poet who is serious about writing the kind of haiku that editors want to publish. An altogether brilliant work that must be read by anyone with so much as a passing interest in haiku. She has penned a masterpiece!

John J. Dunphy, Author and Poet 


A great beginner’s guide that presents/explains the spirit and essence of haiku.

Mike Montreuil, Haiku and Tanka Publisher, Éditions des petits nuages

First Vice President, Haiku Society of America


 I honor the work Charlotte Digregorio has done on behalf of English-language haiku in Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. She has a gift for writing clearly, concentrating on what matters beyond passing controversy. As for her own fresh and gritty poems, Digregorio has the courage to face the truth of love, loss, aging, homelessness, birth/death and the upside down nature of lifethe full catastrophe. Expect to be challenged and invigorated.

Robert Epstein, Licensed Psychologist

Author, Checkout Time is Noon: Death Awareness Haiku


I highly recommend Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. Comprehensive!

–Denis Garrison,

Author: Fire Blossoms: The Birth of  Haiku Noir

Editor, Modern English Tanka Press


A couple of the many sterling qualities of Charlotte Digregorio’s haiku include perceptive observance of natural phenomena and penetrating insights into human nature, frequently with a delightful, wry humor in the latter category, along with deep compassion in others.

 —Robert Spiess, Editor of Modern Haiku, 1978-2002


Charlotte Digregorio’s haiku often evoke a chuckle of wry recognition or stop you dead in your tracks from awe. She seems well acquainted with the quotidian’s variety of her days, from homeless folk, to nature’s evocation and to loss and sorrow.

Donna Bauerly, Professor Emeritus, Loras College


1.) Annotation of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All

Haiku and senryu are written worldwide in 56 languages and are rapidly becoming a fad. This highly practical reference book offers readers step-by-step guidance on how to write and publish haiku and senryu (the latter, humorous haiku).

Haiku and senryu are very short, insightful poems, popular with the public because they capture our life’s moments, whether beautiful, happy or sad. This book is for people from all walks of life who are intrigued by the novelty of recording their life’s moments in a creative way, and reading them at open mics in cafes and other venues to appreciative audiences. Haiku and senryu are often tweeted, too. (Note: Senryu is pronounced “sen-ree-YOO.)

The book provides readers with the basics and finer points of style and content for beginning and intermediate poets, giving a few hundred examples of excellent published poems, along with interpretations of them. For experienced poets and educators/workshop leaders of all levels–grade school through adults–the book also provides a chapter on teaching the forms. (Chapter 6 contains practical aids, outlines of study, lesson/homework plans, and samples of students’ poetry.)

Usually written in one to four lines, these stimulating and delightful poems for their brevity and thought, are about nature, the seasons, and human nature. This guide dispels the many myths about them that our elementary school teachers taught us in school, and instructs people on reading them with understanding and writing them thoughtfully. It also specifically informs readers on how and where to get published. Also included is instruction about haiku and senryu sequences, a series of individual poems with a theme.

This guide gives the history behind haiku/senryu in the U.S. and in Japan, the latter, where they originated.

In addition, the book’s highly useful appendices and bibliography guides readers to dozens of resources worldwide, online and in print, to increase their knowledge of the poetry and offer publishing, networking, and contest opportunities.

The book is written by Charlotte Digregorio, an award-winning author of four other non-fiction books, a prize-winning poet of many forms, including haiku and senryu, and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Digregorio is Midwest Regional Coordinator of the Haiku Society of America. She has been a professor of languages and writing, a writer-in-residence at many schools, a conference speaker nationwide, and a teacher of younger students.

She publishes papers in poetry and university journals on haiku and senryu, and her poems are often quoted and critiqued in publications. Her poems are exhibited in public venues, such as supermarkets, public/academic libraries, cultural centers, art galleries, restaurants, coffee and tea houses, wine and apparel shops, botanic gardens, banks, and on public transit.


2.)  This Book is Different from those Previously Published

1)    First, this book is a comprehensive, reader-friendly guide for beginning and intermediate haiku/senryu poets with concise summaries in each chapter about the forms. The book attracts even those who have no background in poetry, unlike other books previously published that assume basic poetry knowledge and are not written for the Average Joe. This book introduces poetry to the masses in an inspiring and simple way. People long to be creative, and haiku gives them the opportunity to express themselves, much like doing photography that captures the moment.

2)    Through the author’s background on university faculties in the foreign language and writing departments, she is skilled at writing in a step-by-step manner. Her book contains hundreds of examples of haiku and senryu with detailed interpretation of poems. Through the numerous haiku critique meetings she has held for adults, and the contests she’s judged, she has gained invaluable knowledge about the ways that non-haiku poets attempt to write it. In her book, she warns of pitfalls. She has been successful at teaching hundreds of beginners to get published. In this book, she also includes detailed instruction for experienced poets and educators who wish to teach haiku and senryu.

3)    Because she has also taught haiku/senryu workshops in the public schools and judged student contests, she devotes a good part of this book to classroom lessons and homework plans for elementary, junior high and high school teachers. Further, she instructs schoolteachers on how to train their colleagues to include poetry in their lessons. Notably, she has taught haiku/senryu to at-risk students in the public schools to promote literacy, and has found that this is a great exercise in also getting remedial students interested in writing. Her background in the haiku field is unique with her outreach to different sectors of the public.

4)    She devotes an equal portion of the book to senryu. Many people are exclusively interested in humorous haiku, so encouraging senryu is also essential.

For more information about this book, contact Artful Communicators Press by email: (See book cover below.)





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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8 Responses to My New Book– Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All

  1. Yousei Hime says:

    Congratulations. I look forward to reading and using it.

  2. where can I get a copy Charlotte, not available on Amazon UK

    • Thanks for asking. A few people I know of have gotten the book in the UK through Amazon, though it is not posted on the site. If you have an Amazon account, please inquire! Thanks for your interest. That’s the most expedient way.

  3. where can I get a copy Charlotte, not available on Amazon UK?

    Cheers R

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