Poetry Readings are Fun! Do a Reading!

Dear Friends and Followers:

If you live in the Chicago metro area, please come to my poetry reading and book signing of my new title,  Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, this Sunday, June 28. It will be at Brewed Awakening in Westmont, IL, 12:30 p.m. The cafe is located right across from the train station at 19 W. Quincy.

I will be reading many forms of my poetry, not just haiku and senryu. I am delighted to have been invited by Wilda Morris of Poets & Patrons in Chicago. An open mic will follow.

I encourage all poets to do readings as frequently as you can, whether special readings or even open mics. Poetry has been a performance art since about the Middle Ages when poets would perform it in public at various gathering. If you aren’t used to getting out in public and reading, try smaller events first, and invite your friends and family who will give you support. Before too long, even if you are shy by nature, you will become comfortable at it! I guarantee it.

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I’ve always found that if I really force myself to do something that doesn’t come naturally to me, sooner or later I end up loving to do it. You will feel the same. Forty years ago, I often wasn’t outgoing in many situations, but by practice, I trained myself.

At poetry readings you meet so many interesting people. I’ve found audiences to be friendly, not hostile. Only once in my life, decades ago,  did someone come up to me after a special speaking engagement I did on creativity and tell me I should be trained to have a better tone of voice. Then, she added that she was a speech coach. I figure she was unsuccessful and looking for business. But what an awkward way of approaching someone, and rude, too! I actually felt sorry for the gauche person. Others who attended, complimented me and said they learned a lot.

Stay strong!  Get out there and read, no matter what anyone says to you. You’ll be glad you persevered. And if you don’t have a support system, be your own cheerleader in life. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Copyright 2015 by 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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