Visibility for Poets

Dear Friends and Followers,

Just a quick note to  remind you to not only read poetry, but to be in touch with poets. In my posts of The Daily Haiku, I try to include the Featured Poet’s website address or the title of one of his/her books. I do this so you can connect with featured poets, look them  up and email them, if they have a website. Or simply delve further online into their work.

Sadly, the average poet will not likely be able to earn a living from his/her art in my generation. Sure, teachers teach and have a steady income, some of them who are poets. But to think that one can primarily be a poet and earn a living is mostly far-fetched now. That doesn’t mean poets can’t be visible and connect with each other. And, networking is not only such a large part of advancement for the poet, but it does a lot to advance the field by getting the word out about the benefits of reading and writing poetry.

Since there is a need for information, writers of non-fiction get a  lot of exposure. And, think of mystery writers and  romance writers. They get their fair share of visibility, too. Perhaps poets are among the type of writers who get the least publicity. Some people have the idea that anyone can write poetry, even if they sit around in front of the television set and scribble. So, poetry sometimes has a not so favorable reputation with the general public.

Support poets by reading their work online! We are large in number, and together we offer something for everyone. When you think about it, poets are mighty!

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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10 Responses to Visibility for Poets

  1. Maureen says:

    love it – and so true

  2. haikutec says:

    We’re on it! But it takes every day.

    Alan, With Words

  3. terrilfrench says:

    Thumbs up to you Charlotte for showcasing the works of poets. We must nurture and encourage our young poets or, sadly, there will be no new poetry in the future.

  4. Mary Kendall says:

    Charlotte, you do a wonderful job at keeping poetry “out there” for people to read. What you write is so true, so very true.

  5. Don Baird says:

    A wise and vital post. Thanks for your sincerity and continued efforts!

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