Don’t Miss the Big Haiku Festival in Wisconsin This Summer!

Haikuists Everywhere:

Learn to capture your life’s moments! It’s fun! Don’t miss the National Meeting of the Haiku Society of America combined with the Cradle of American Haiku Festival, Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, in Mineral Point, WI. (At Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St.) Mineral Point is about 45 minutes equi-distant from Madison, WI and Dubuque, IA. Open to the public, it will be a fun weekend of networking, meeting new friends, attending workshops, panels, and discussions on haiku and related forms such as haibun, and tanka. There will also be readings, critiques, and art exhibits.

The Haiku Society members are welcoming to all, and eager to share their knowledge.

Haiku are short poems, often one to three lines, that are insightful and meaningful. Haibun is a short prose piece that often ends in a haiku or has more than one haiku throughout the piece. And, tanka are five-line lyrical poems with a maximum of about 31 syllables. Please read other posts in my blog, if you are new to the Japanese-style forms, and you will learn a lot about writing them.

Incidentally, at the event, I will be teaching one workshop for beginning and intermediate haiku/senryu poets. While haiku is generally about nature and the seasons, senryu is written about human nature and human weaknesses, and the latter is often humorous.

Here is my workshop info: Polishing Your Haiku to be The Best for Publication, by Charlotte Digregorio:

Description: This workshop for beginning and intermediate haikuists will give you everything you need to write your poems with a critical eye and publish them successfully. There will be a general presentation on the content and style of haiku/senryu, analysis and discussion of excellent examples of it, followed by the nuts and bolts of submitting poems that will catch the editor’s eye. Handouts provided.

And don’t forget to read my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide to All, that will orient you to writing these forms before you come to the festivities. The book also has a chapter on teaching haiku and senryu to grade school, junior high, high school, college and adult education students. There is something for everyone in it.

Please see the attached flyer about the Big Festival! For more information, contact, Gayle Bull of The Foundry Books in Mineral Point, WI who is hosting the event,

Cradle Haiku Festival 2014

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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