Exciting Poetry Events That Shouldn’t Be Missed

1) Poetry off the Shelf: The Voice of Women in American Poetry
Poetry Foundation Events


Thursday, June 19, 7 p.m.

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free Admission
This edition of the Poetry Society of America’s national series, featuring poets Stuart Dybek, Calvin Forbes, Susan Hahn, Joy Harjo, Parneshia Jones, David Trinidad and more, celebrates the great tradition of American women poets responding to their country’s landscape, cities, history, and people.

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America

2) Cradle of American Haiku Festival, Friday though Sunday, July 25-27, at The Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI. This is being held in conjunction with the Annual National Meeting of the Haiku Society of America.

Capture Your Life’s Moments with Haiku

You can “haiku,” that is, capture moments of your life with short, insightful poems about nature, the seasons, and human nature. Free and open to the public, you may attend the Cradle of American Haiku Festival, Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, at The Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St., Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

There will be workshops on haiku and related poetic forms of Japanese-style, panel discussions, poetry readings, critiques of participants’ work, and exhibits of Japanese art.

Haiku originated in the 1600s in Japan, is written in about 56 languages worldwide, and is usually one to four lines long with about 17 or 18 syllables.

These are some of the workshops and presentations to be featured at the Festival:

Polishing Your Haiku To Be The Best For Publication, by HSA Midwest Regional Coordinator Charlotte Digregorio, author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All .

Haiga, art combined with haiku, by Aubrie Cox and Lidia Rozmus.

Teaching Haiku, geared for workshop leaders, by Aubrie Cox and Randy Brooks.

Brooks Books: Celebrating Four Decades, by Randy and Shirley Brooks, haiku publishers.

Oral Interpretation of Haiku, by Jerome Cushman.

• Kukai, a haiku forum that includes judging of participants’ poems, by Randy Brooks.

Between Basho and Ban’ya: Bypassing Barthes: A New Brand of Haiku, about haiku masters, by Charles Trumbull.

The Experimental and the Traditional in Haiku, by Lee Gurga.

• Jun Fujita, The First Tanka Poet Published in the U.S.,” and his lyrical poetry of five lines and less than 31 syllables, by Marjorie Buettner.

Haibun, short prose that contains haiku, by Melissa Allen.

• A panel discussion on the past, present, and future of haiku, by Lee Gurga, Randy Brooks, and Charles Trumbull, followed by a short critique session.

* A Ginko walk to appreciate nature and inspire the writing of haiku.

At the Cradle Festival, there will be an opening evening reception with music and a Saturday dinner to encourage networking among participants.

For more information, contact Charlotte Digregorio.

Finally, in the Chicago area, please do not forget that the Haiku Society of America holds regular meetings each month. The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 18, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka, 60093. Please bring poems to share if you have them.  If you have no poems to share, please come to listen and learn. The public is invited.


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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