Attend This Huge Literary Festival!

Followers and Friends:

I hope you are enjoying The Daily Haiku which brings you a variety of haiku and senryu voices. (Senryu is haiku written about human nature and its weaknesses, and it is often humorous.) Haiku and senryu originated in Japan centuries ago, and there are many posts about them on my blog.

I have some exciting news to share. Even if you don’t live in the Chicago area,  if you are a writer, you are probably familiar with large literary festivals throughout the country. Printers’ Row Lit Fest in Chicago will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. It is a huge festival celebrating many literary genres with readings, opportunities to meet prominent authors/speakers, book sales, and signings.

This year, I am honored to have been selected to read my poetry and sign my new book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. Besides a couple of haiku sequences, I will be reading some of my other forms of poetry.WEB_DSC_6427: qThis event will be a literary extravaganza, and it only happens once a year. For full details, log onto, http://www.printersrowlitfest.org.

In other news, those of you who have specific interests in Japanese-style poetry, such as haiku, senryu, and haibun, please enter the Haiku Society of America’s contests.

As Second Vice President of the Haiku Society of America, I am the Contest Coordinator this year. You don’t have to be a member to enter. Visit http://www.hsa-haiku.org, the Society’s website.

If you are a winner, you’ll receive the recognition of your peers and the public, and your poems will be featured in the Haiku Society’s fabulous journal, Frogpond, and on the Society’s website.

Please be sure to read and re-read the contest instructions carefully. I am receiving some entries that are being disqualified because the entrant didn’t follow instructions.

Please take the time to enter, and best of luck!–Charlotte Digregorio

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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 am also 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 have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. 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 am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also 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 was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to 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. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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2 Responses to Attend This Huge Literary Festival!

  1. Hi Charlotte, Congratulations! All the best, Ellen

  2. Thanks, Ellen! Hope all is well. I enjoy your blog!

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